Nocturnal Animals (2016)
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,