UPDATED: This clip has been pulled at the request of the studio.
Secrets — even long-buried ones, the best kind — have a way of revealing themselves in Tom Ford’s films. Though the fashion designer is only on his second feature, the Amy Adams- and Jake Gyllenhaal-starring thriller “Nocturnal Animals,” the blossoming filmmaker has already established his own sense of tone, and it’s one that traffics in the unseen and perhaps nefarious.
The Venice Film Festival has now offered up a quick look at “Animals,” featuring a somewhat unnerved Adams revealing the meaning behind the film’s title — kind of — as she tells a coworker about her possibly scary ex-husband (played by Gyllenhaal), who has recently come back into her life via a book he’s penned, titled, you guessed it, “Nocturnal Animals.”
Despite the clip’s snappy runtime, Adams effectively telegraphs a sense of unease that will likely snake its way through the entire film, while also delivering the unshakable feeling that there’s something not quite right about Gyllenhaal’s character and his literary pursuits. Check out the clip below.
The film will next screen at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released on December 9.