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-