Tom Ford's remarkable directorial debut A Single Man (2009) is quiet, delicate and subdued much like its protagonist: Colin Firth's refined gay professor in the pre-liberation era. Nocturnal Animals is none of those things. Set between the stylish if vapid Los Angeles contemporary art world and salt-of-the-earth Texas, with meta-fiction bridging the two, Tom Ford's latest work doubles as breathless thriller, a social commentary and a meditation on the lies we tell ourselves about relationships and each other. Ford's second feature is also an ambitious, labyrinthine work that examines his signature themes— alienation, love, violence and revenge.
Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Opening this week at the Angelika.