Nocturnal Animals is a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, revenge and redemption.
Adapted from Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan, director Tom Ford describes it as “a cautionary tale about coming to terms with the choices we make and the life that leaves us with.”
The film is set in Los Angeles where Susan (Amy Adams) is a successful but disillusioned and unhappily married gallery owner. A woman with a materially rich but emotionally poor life.
Out of the blue she receives the manuscript of an unpublished novel from her first husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The pair haven’t spoken in nearly 20 years after she broke his heart twice over: by leaving him for her wealthy second husband, and by declaring he didn’t have the right stuff to be an author.
The film takes on a double-stranded narrative as Susan begins to read the manuscript.
Within the violent and deadly plot, the theme of revenge emerges, which transports Susan back to the decisions she made and unmade in her youth and forces her to confront her actions.
Nocturnal Animals is like a book you can’t put down. However, while you will be disappointed for the movie to end, you will feel a sense of relief every single time Susan is able to tear herself away from the manuscript.
Words by Megan Laws
Image by Nocturnal Animals
Details: Released: 10 November 2016 | MA15+ | 117 minutes