Colin Firth is terrific as a middle-aged gay man who faces life without his adored partner of 16 years (Matthew Goode), who’s been killed in a car crash.

A British English professor in 1962 LA, Firth goes about typical day in his life, except that he’s planning for it to be his last…

He visits his best friend, boozy glamourpuss Julianne Moore, and has encounters with his students, including sensitive young soul Nicholas Hoult.

But will anything or anyone make him reconsider his exit strategy?

This excellent film of Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel is a quietly moving drama of love and loss that’s beautifully realised by American fashion designer Tom Ford, making his debut movie.

What gives the film heart and soul, however, is Firth’s superb, Oscar-nominated performance – a pitch-perfect study of bereavement, full of subtlety and depth.