Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals (2016)

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In ret­ro­spect, the fact fash­ion de­signer and pur­veyor of pre­pos­ter­ously ex­pen­sive men’s fra­grances Tom Ford could put to­gether a qui­etly stylish and af­fect­ing art house in­die like A Sin­gle Man per­haps wasn’t so flab­ber­gast­ing.

What was more amaz­ing is that with this fol­low-up the direc­tor cre­ated one of the most bru­tal and in­tel­li­gent nerve-fray­ing thrillers of the last few years.

Based on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Su­san, it is ef­fec­tively two films in one as bored art gallery owner Su­san (Amy Adams) takes de­liv­ery of the de­but novel — also called Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals — by her ex, Ed­ward (Jake Gyl­len­haal). As Su­san reads, Ford takes us into her mind, imag­in­ing Ed­ward as the story’s hero: a mild-man­nered, book­ish hus­band who is forced into the role of aveng­ing vig­i­lante af­ter his wife and daugh­ter are kid­napped.

Un­usu­ally for a film with two time­lines,

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