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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

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A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

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When you love someone you can't just throw it away

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Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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9 December 2016 (USA)  »

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$22,500,000 (estimated)

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$492,648 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$10,639,114 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson was cast as Ray Marcus after Tom Ford had dined with Aaron and his wife and longtime Ford friend Sam Taylor-Johnson. Aaron did not think he'd be suitable for the part at all, but over the course of dinner Ford saw a glimmer of something that he found intriguing in Aaron's facial expressions as he recounted a story at the dinner table. See more »

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Edward Sheffield: [to Susan] When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.
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A Beautiful Nightmare.
6 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The latest directorial effort from fashion designer Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals is an assault on the senses. I say this as a complement though. From the gaudy and gratuitous opening credits to it's varied palette of moody colours, it screams excess and expense. But unlike many movies that feature visuals like these, the movie doesn't paint them positively. Instead, our main character is trapped in a terrifying limbo of what she admits is her own creation. One day, she receives a manuscript from her ex-husband, played by Jake Gyllenhal. Due to their rough split almost two decades prior, she reads into every word.

The manuscript weaves a story that resonates with her broken state of living. She wonders. Is it a threat? Just a harmless attempt to reconnect? Or something else entirely? Cue top class acting and a story that is as dark as they come. This is a short review and there is a reason why. Nocturnal Animals is a movie best experienced with as little prior knowledge of the plot as possible. So, get out there. In the jungle of mostly underwhelming movies that is 2016, this is a movie you can't miss out on.


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