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Ford hypnotises Venice with ‘Nocturnal Animals’

Ford hypnotises Venice with  ‘Nocturnal Animals’

VENICE: Ex-fashion designer Tom Ford enthralled the Venice film festival on Friday with a gripping tale of betrayal and revenge, unveiling two films in one with his hotly-anticipated “Nocturnal Animals”.

The romantic thriller, Ford’s second feature film after “A Single Man” (2009), spooked and stirred in equal part, with arresting performances from US stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal as lovers gone awry.

From the first scene — wildly obese women dancing naked — to the bittersweet close, the former Gucci designer produced a visually stunning and richly complex evocation of human frailty and retribution.

“Loyalty is important to me. The story is about when you find people in your life, you hang on to them. This is a cautionary tale about what can happen in your life when you let them go,” Ford told journalists on Venice’s Lido.

Adams, 42, plays Susan, who lives a privileged but lonely life in Los Angeles with her oft-absent husband. One day she receives a novel, “Nocturnal Animals”, written by her ex-husband Edward, played by Gyllenhaal.

Published in Dawn, September 3rd, 2016

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