Armie Hammer

Tom Ford's skillful meta-thriller 'Nocturnal Animals' revisits a broken marriage

Tom Ford's skillful meta-thriller 'Nocturnal Animals' revisits a broken marriage

A corrosively beautiful cocktail of a thriller, Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” tells three interwoven stories, all of them concerning roughly the same characters, but each one set in a different time and place. One story unfolds under the dim lights and dreary pretensions of the Los Angeles art scene, populated by nipped-and-tucked vampires who are meant to represent the city’s jaded cultural elite. Another begins during a blizzard in Manhattan, where two old friends enjoy a warm, life-changing reunion.

Ironically, the longest, darkest and most gripping of the stories is the one that, within the movie’s fictional reality, is itself presented as a work...

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