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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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Tom Ford

Writers:

Tom Ford (screenplay by), Austin Wright (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Adams ... Susan Morrow
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Tony Hastings / Edward Sheffield
Michael Shannon ... Bobby Andes
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Ray Marcus
Isla Fisher ... Laura Hastings
Ellie Bamber ... India Hastings
Armie Hammer ... Hutton Morrow
Karl Glusman ... Lou
Robert Aramayo ... Turk
Laura Linney ... Anne Sutton
Andrea Riseborough ... Alessia
Michael Sheen ... Carlos
India Menuez ... Samantha Morrow
Imogen Waterhouse ... Chloe
Franco Vega ... Driver
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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tony and Susan See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$492,648, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,639,114, 20 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,450,387
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Ford personally groomed Aaron Taylor-Johnson's facial hair for his creepy Ray Marcus character. See more »

Goofs

The phone number on Edward's note accompanying the manuscript has a (323) area code. This is a Los Angeles area code. Supposedly, Edward lives in Dallas and presumably has for quite some time. See more »

Quotes

Tony Hastings: What we're gonna do?
Bobby Andes: It's a question of how serious you are about seeing justice done.
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More style than substance?
13 November 2016 | by alex_pearseSee all my reviews

At the outset, i should make it clear that i don't think this is a bad film, but i felt the need to add a dissenting voice to the collection of positive reviews that i've read so far.

The film is an amalgamation of elements that should work beautifully, but ultimately resembles one of the sterile offerings to be found in Susan's gallery. The acting is superb throughout, and the nuanced performances of Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal are worthy of their reputations. The subtle transitions from dead and lifeless to young and vibrant, exhibited by the former at various stages of the film, is one of the most striking features of the piece. The film is beautifully shot and well directed, and there are some truly moving scenes in parts. However, as one reviewer has already alluded to, the film feels like it is desperate to say something, but ultimately says very little. Perhaps i just didn't get it at all.

The problem i had was with a lack of emotional connection to either of the main protagonists. It's interesting to find out what happens to both as the film builds, but ultimately i didn't care either way.

My partner and i spent some time examining the film on the way home, discussing the parallels between the story at the heart of the film, and the realities that continue around it, but despite our rudimentary analysis of what each one meant for the other, and an understanding that there are some clever parallels, what remained was the underlying sense of "so what?".


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