Colin Firth plays a gay university professor in Los Angeles in the early 60's. He's mourning the death of his lover and planning suicide when the pain continues nearly a year afterword. He lives in a modern house with lots of glass, and is friends with a former lover played by Julianne Moore, who continues to think there's a possibility of restoring their sexual relationship. Because the director is designer Tom Ford, everyone and everything is beautiful. After meeting up with one of his gay students at a bar, he begins to think there's a possibility of happiness. Alas, it's not to be.