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Drama - Crime

Nocturnal Animals

Released 2016 Rating 15 in UK
Director Tom Ford Writer/s Tom Ford
Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor- Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen
Source of story A book “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright (died 2003)
Elevator Pitch A rich LA gallery owner, whose husband is cheating on her, and who discarded her aspiring novelist first husband 20 years earlier, receives a proof of a manuscript from him and starts to read it. We follow the story within a story as a family travelling throught the night are driven off the road and attacked by a trio of yahoos. Could it be an allegory of their life?
Content Some nudity of an unusual sort in the title sequence. A lot of close ups of Susan reading the manuscript, and the progress of the story within a story which is unpleasantly violent and full of tension. Some flashbacks to Susan and Edward in youth as their marriage is derailed.
A View At the time of the viewing this seems like a workmanlike and artistic movie, and as such had received a lot of positive reviews. I have also read some reviews of the book and it is evident that a lot has been changed. For instance the location of the story within a story has been relocated from New England to Texas, and what happened to CSI West Texas anyway? Can’t say more!

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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