Snap Decision: "Nocturnal Animals" Has A Twist Ending You Won't Forget

Fashion designer Tom Ford proves how serious he is about directing with his second feature film—the bold, gripping, and stunningly beautiful "Nocturnal Animals."

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Watch the trailer for "Nocturnal Animals."

30-Second Synopsis: Amy Adams is Susan, a severe, successful, and self-doubting art gallery owner whose second marriage is starting to ice over. Just as her husband leaves for yet another business trip out of town, she receives a package from her first husband containing the manuscript to a disturbing novel that he's written and dedicated to her. From there, the film, which is based on the book Tony and Susan by Austin Wright, switches between Susan's reality and the fictional story written by her ex, until its final moments, when the two parts of the story finally converge.

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Standout Moment at the New York Premiere: Before introducing the film at the Paris Theater in Midtown Manhattan, aesthetic perfectionist Tom Ford took a moment to express his displeasure at the sub-optimal lighting on the stage. It was the most endearingly "Tom Ford" way to begin the screening, and it couldn't have been better.

Looking in the direction of something disturbing, no doubt.

If the Art Direction for A Single Man Broke Your Heart: You will not be disappointed. Once again, every frame is perfectly composed, and every location, prop, and costume stuns.

Number One Reason to Show Up Early: Without giving anything away, we will say this: you're going to want to catch the film's title sequence, which qualifies as capital-A art.

Actor You Won't Recognize: Aaron Taylor-Johnson completely transforms into the character of Ray Marcus—the criminal at the heart of all the disturbing violence in the fictional story created by Susan's ex-husband.

It's uncanny, you must admit.

Actors You Won't Be Able to Tell Apart: Isla Fisher plays the fictionalized version of Amy Adams's character, and there are lots of moments when a bit of squinting is required to determine who's who.

How We Knew We Loved It: The film's surprising ending, which differs from the ending of the book, required a cocktail after the movie to further analyze and discuss—always a telltale sign that you've got something special on your hands.

Nocturnal Animals is in theaters now. For more information, see focusfeatures.com/nocturnalanimals.

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