Usually I don't talk a lot about movies. But I am incredibly surprised by the quality of the last movies I saw. In these very good movies there's one from the US, Nocturnal Animals, written and directed by Tom Ford.
It’s a movie with a double-stranded narrative: on one hand we have the sophisticated but empty life in the present tense of an artist, with her mute cruelty, yet sensitive, with flashbacks of her life during her relation with a writer... and on the second hand we have the story of this writer... a story about a fictional story which runs alongside.
What's really touching is the aesthetic taste of Ford all along. In addition to that, there is a real focus on the personalities of the characters, the depth of the notion of human"Weakness", "Willpower" and the relationships between lovers. Pressure of what one expect from the other.
The first images are shocking, several seconds, minutes maybe displaying a type of body that are perceived as terribly ugly. There is a cynical, painful wish to break your perception of normality. The beginning meant really a break with everything else to me. As well as the characters: although we're in a fiction, they appear more real than the real characters. We see a weak man and the process of loss. We start to ask ourselves who is really the "weak" and until the end, we don't understand where it's going, what will happen. Invisible lines connect the present to the future, and we are accompanied by the emptiness and the solitude.
ll characters have blue eyes, all with different shades of blue. Blue eyes, symbol of purity, perfection and beauty, show here in reality what's beyond the US culture. A blue filter for the present tense, a night city skyline observed in solitude. A yellow filter for the narrative, where the writer enter in a burning hell (the desert) to free himself from his pain.
Finally beauty does not fix everything. What is broken cannot be repaired. What is dead cannot go back to life.
An intense thriller, able to move you and break your heart.