It's 1962 and the world stands on the brink of nuclear annihilation. The Cuban Missile Crisis dominates radio and television news. George (Colin Firth), a professor at a small Southern California university, is undergoing his own crisis - one that blinds him to global concerns. He has reached what he expects to be the last day of his life. After spending sixteen years with his beloved partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), he is now alone. A number of months ago, Jim died in a car accident, and George has found himself unable to recover from the loss. He informs us in a voiceover that waking up in the morning is the worst part of the day. Today, however, may be his final time to experience that unpleasantness. It becomes obvious to the viewer that George is planning to kill himself before the next dawn. His day is taken up getting his life in order: cleaning out his office, emptying his safety deposit box, arranging his things, and preparing letters to his friends. As he draws closer to what he expects to be his final moments, his thoughts are more of his past and his years spent with Jim than they are of the present.
Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode