While preparing Nocturnal Animals, his second film as a director, Tom Ford was having dinner one night with the photographer and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, Aaron. “I’ve known Sam for years and she’s a dear friend of mine,” Ford tells EW. “And on this particular night when we were having dinner, Aaron was telling a story and I can’t even remember what it was about because I was looking at him and thinking.”
Since America’s contentious and historic presidential election came to an end on Nov. 8, millions of citizens who feel shell-shocked by the result have found a patron saint of grumpiness and grief. His name is Michael Shannon.
Mirrors are everywhere inside the immaculate London headquarters of fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford. But all of them are angled slightly askew, so visitors need to tilt their head to see a proper reflection. It’s an apt metaphor for the dazzling puzzle box that is Nocturnal Animals, in theaters now.
Whether it’s on the runway or on the big screen, Tom Ford knows what he’s looking for.
Reviews of Tom Ford’s movies rarely fail to mention up top that he is a fashion designer first and a director second — as if his midcareer swerve into cinema is some kind of experiment in long-form fragrance ads, not actual filmmaking. They’re not entirely wrong; you could freeze almost any frame from his ravishing 2009 debut, A Single Man, or this year’s festival sensation Nocturnal Animals and use it to sell tiny, hideously expensive bottles of sandalwood and moondust.
Filmmaker Tom Ford didn’t build his reputation as one of the world’s foremost fashion designers by making a mess.
Elegance is key in everything Ford does — from his eponymous clothing company to the two impeccable movies he’s directed — 2009’s beautiful, mournful, Oscar-nominated A Single Man, and now the ingenious puzzlebox Nocturnal Animals, in theaters Nov. 18.
Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals grabs the audience from the jump with a one-two punch of sound and image that likely won’t be topped in 2016.
The film’s credits sequence — which was already the talk of high-profile film festivals in Venice and Toronto earlier this year — features a group of overweight, naked women dancing as Abel Korzeniowski’s intoxicating score plays over the imagery.
Fresh from its awards triumph at the Venice Film Festival and screenings in Toronto, we now have a very tantalizing look at the first trailer for Tom Ford’s knotty, naughty psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals.
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