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Nocturnal Animals treats its central themes – regret, revenge and human experience – with a malleable blend of cold apathy and raw emotion. Though packaged as a hyper-stylised thriller, director Tom Ford has crafted a nuanced, multi-layered narrative that prioritises tragic catharsis over satisfaction or resolution. There’s a simple story at the heart of Nocturnal Animals, told in vignettes alternating between present, past and outright fiction, each directed with a subtle, though specific approach. However, for all its meta-mystery and multiple layers, it succeeds its maintaining relentless tension throughout. Reinforced with stunning performances from both its leads and its regrettably underused supporting players, Nocturnal Animals is an astonishing, intensely gripping thriller that will gratify and devastate in equal measure.