Ford’s highly anticipated second celluloid venture may open in the glamorous LA art world but successful gallery owner Susan’s life is devoid of any glitz. The opening of »Nocturnal Animals« hints at relationship drama, only to perform an almost Hitchcockian bait and switch when a manuscript written by Susan’s estranged ex-husband flops onto her doormat. Alone for the weekend, and curiosity piqued, Susan cannot help devouring the novel. Only to discover, far too late, that it’s an incendiary Trojan horse designed for devastation, a vitriolic act of revenge served 20 years after the event.

Concertinaing between Susan’s reality, and the events in the novel, Ford sustains a tension between the two worlds so taut, so tantalizingly chilling, that it becomes instantly captivating. A bold, brave and unsurprisingly suave film with double-barreled chill factor, »Nocturnal Animals« won the Grand Jury prize at Venice Film Festival earlier this year.

Nocturnal Animals poster
Title
Nocturnal Animals
Director
Tom FORD
Country
United States
Length
116 min
Festival
2016
Section
Competition
Language
English
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2016
Cast
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Producer
Tom Ford, Robert Salerno
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