By Tracy Mutoni ’20
The film Nocturnal Animals (at the Hop January 28) is a multi-layered story of violent romance. The movie features Susan (played by Amy Adams), a wealthy art gallery owner married to a man who doesn’t wait a blink of an eye before cheating on her.
The movie becomes exciting when Susan receives a book titled Nocturnal Animals dedicated to her by Edward (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), her ex-husband. Writing about a character named Tony (also played by Gyllenhaal), Edward writes a melancholy and extremely violent fictional story about a woman who resembles his ex-wife (named Laura in the novel and also played by Adams) and Tony and Laura’s daughter, India, being ambushed by a group of drunkards. Tony, a super gentle and fragile man, is helpless to intervene as his wife and daughter are raped and killed in a blink of an eye. Tony is left miles off the road to die in cold blood. The story involves a sympathetic police lieutenant, Bobby Andes, played by Michael Shannon (nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor).
Realizing that the novel shows that Edward was devastated by the divorce, Susan emails Edward to meet so she can repair their relationship. But Edward doesn’t show up, and we are never told why.
This movie is one of those classic movies in which at first you think you know what is happening but then realize you were not close to knowing anything.
I am a ’20 from Kigali, Rwanda. I am a production assistant at the Hop this year. I hope to major in philosophy and minor in theater. I love the arts and hip hop dance. Around campus, I am cheerful and always happy to meet new people, so feel free to say hi when you recognize me.