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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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Drama | Thriller

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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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Tony and Susan  »

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$22,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$10,639,114 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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Joaquin Phoenix was considered for Aaron Taylor Johnson's role, but eventually dropped out. See more »

Quotes

Ray Marcus: Hey, man.
Tony Hastings: Hey, man.
Ray Marcus: You know you're supposed to stop when there's an accident.
Tony Hastings: I know that.
Ray Marcus: Then why didn't you stop?
[Tony stays silent]
Ray Marcus: [sees the girl using her phone] That won't work. No signal here. You're not supposed to leave the scene of an accident, that's a crime.
Laura Hastings: After the way you were driving?
Ray Marcus: How's that? What'd you say?
Laura Hastings: Just the way you were driving was crazy.
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Featured in Film '72: Episode #45.8 (2016) See more »

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Turning My World Around
Written and Performed by Mick Lister & Giles Edward Palmer
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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Chilling and beautifully acted
13 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film was a wonderful exhibition of acting and cinematography. You can clearly see the work of Tom Ford in it and there are many things that draw comparisons to his debut film 'a single man.' Stylistically it is similar, most notably through the musical score. What impressed me most about it was the symbolism of the book that Amy Adams reads. You can clearly see that the wife of Tony represents Amy Adams' character in real life and what she used to be, from Edward's perspective. The character of Ray Marcus seems to represent what Susan then became from Edwards perspective after the terrible things she did to him. Ford also drops various visual cues in the story, such as the red couch that he finds his dead wife and daughter on, that represent things in the real-life narrative. Overall, the film was a technical wonder. The only reason I couldn't rate it higher was because the script didn't quite match the other aspects of the film and the themes the film was trying to explore were unclear. However, the film remains a harrowing piece of work and a great second feature film by Tom ford.


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