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Nocturnal Animals

  • 2016
  • R
  • 116min
  • 74%
  • 7.5 / 10

The film uses the concept of a frame story to interesting effect, as the central character Susan, played by Amy Adams, reads a novel manuscript that was sent to her by her ex-husband. Susan is an art gallery owner disillusioned with her current life and second marriage, and upon reading the novel she receives, she becomes enthralled in its story, imagining herself within the events it describes. The film's narrative deftly maneuvers between the real-life events and perspective of Susan as she copes with her life, her feelings for her ex-husband, and the memories of her past, and her imagined existence in the novel, which is itself a violent thriller about a family vacation gone horribly wrong. Through the combination of these two aspects of the film, we get a deep look into the psyche of Susan and her introspection, her actions in the past involving her relationships with her ex-husband and current husband.

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Tom Ford is better known for his fashion and design career. It was in 2009 that he made his directorial debut with A Single Man, a film that starred Colin Firth and Julianne Moor, based off of Christopher Isherwood’s novel. It was able to gain critical acclaim and earned Ford an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. His 2016 film Nocturnal Animals afforded him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director.

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Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American psychological thriller written, directed, and produced by fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford, and co-produced by Robert Salerno. It is based on author Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony and Susan. The movie stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Isla Fisher. Production of the project was handled by Fade to Black, with distribution by Focus Features, on a working budget of $22 million, and earning over $32 million at the box office.