NOC­TUR­NAL AN­I­MALS

Canadian Art - - Reviews -

TOM FORD, FO­CUS FEA­TURES, 2016

Time is a struc­ture, and in Tom Ford’s sopho­more di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals, it con­fig­ures lives. Three tem­po­ral­i­ties—two real, one imag­ined—in­ter­twine in a rel­a­tively pedan­tic tale of heart­break, re­gret and re­venge.

Gal­lerist Su­san Mor­row (Amy Adams) re­ceives a man­u­script writ­ten by her es­tranged ex-hus­band Ed­ward (Jake Gyl­len­haal), Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals, ti­tled af­ter his nick­name for her. As Su­san’s re­la­tion­ship with her cur­rent hus­band be­comes in­creas­ingly strained, she be­gins read­ing the man­u­script be­tween emails con­cern­ing her gallery. We slip into a dusty Mid­west­ern-

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