Amy Adams and Aaron Taylor-Johnson on Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals”

We may not have to wait to get our hands on Tom Ford’s latest collection — the decadent designs were available immediately following his splashy show at New York Fashion Week — but he certainly made us wait long enough for a follow-up to A Single Man, his acclaimed directorial debut from 2009. It seems that the wait was worthwhile.

With Nocturnal Animals, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, the designer-cum-director solidifies his singular directorial vision, with each frame meticulously aestheticized and surreal flashbacks and daydreams par for the course. For all the style, however, substance is not sacrificed. Adapted from Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan, the film weaves together two unsettling narratives to paint a haunting portrait of a middle-aged woman in turmoil.

That woman, Susan, is a gallery owner played by Amy Adams, who finds herself wrapped up in a novel, written by her ex-husband, which appears to be a chilling metaphor for the dissolution of their marriage. As we bounce between Susan’s past, present and even the depths of her imagination, she gradually becomes undone. It’s a complex, demanding role, and Ford, despite his exacting methods, leaves it in the capable hands of his star.

“[Tom] has this attention to detail that is, as of course we all know, very meticulous and exquisite, but he was able to take that attention to detail, execute that and let us play in this very amazing world he created,” Adams says. Juxtaposed against Ford’s impossibly beautiful universe, Adams’s raw performance is even more enthralling. “It was fun to get to create this vulnerable, emotional person within this veneer of perfection.”

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Amy Adams Lauds Strong Female Character of ‘Arrival’

I don’t worry about campaigning,” said the actress, who also is getting awards buzz for ‘Nocturnal Animals.’ “The only campaign I’m worried about right now is the presidency.”

In Arrival, Amy Adams plays a genius linguist recruited by the U.S. military to understand the language of alien visitors who mysteriously land all over the globe.

Critics are lauding her performance in the Denis Villeneuve-helmed sci-fi drama — as well as in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, which also is playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. When asked about promoting two strong titles throughout the awards season, she laughed, “I don’t worry about campaigning. The only campaign I’m worried about right now is the presidency.”

After playing a linguist — and watching her own young child learn how to speak — she has admittedly reflected on the topic of communication. “Intent is just as important as content, and sometimes, in today’s media, intent gets lost inside the content,” she told reporters on Monday. “That’s why I think it’s so important to have face-to-face communication, and that’s what this film reminds me [of.] You do have to look at someone to communicate with them. I hope we don’t lose that.”

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Amy Adams and Michael Shannon on ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Director Tom Ford: ‘He’s Like a Unicorn’

Amy Adams Gets Emotional Talking “Arrival”

(Video) “Nocturnal Animals” TIFF Premiere Q&A

(Video) “Arrival” Press Conference at TIFF

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