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September 10, 2016 10:15 AM

Amy Adams, costar Aaron Taylor-Johnson and their director, Tom Ford, lit up the late-night premiere of Nocturnal Animals at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.

Adams wowed in a sleek, one-shouldered white column, her hair parted to the side and cascading over her shoulder. She completed the look with stunning pendant earrings.

Ford and Taylor-Johnson, meanwhile, looked sharp in tailored black suits.

The thriller, fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Ford’s sophomore directorial effort, also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, who attended the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere last week.

Like his first film, 2009’s A Single Man, Ford brings his signature style and aesthetic to the big screen, in a story he adapted from Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony And Susan.

Nocturnal Animals follows a bourgeois art gallery owner named Susan (Adams), who receives an unexpected manuscript from her novelist ex-husband Edward (Gyllenhaal). Susan begins to read the novel while her current husband, played by Armie Hammer, is away on vacation, and the audience is shown her visualizations of the narrative.

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As Susan continues reading, she begins to suspect that the tale may be a personal revenge fantasy that alludes to her painful real-life breakup with Edward.

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“I know that it’s not a movie about revenge,” Gyllenhaal told reporters at Venice. “I know deep inside the expression of what you feel when you’re telling someone who’s hurt you is actually an expression of love.”

“That’s all he’s trying to say is ‘I loved you. We loved each other and we had an opportunity that we both squandered and goodbye,’ ” Gyllenhaal added. “I don’t think that’s revenge at all. I think that’s very loving.”

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Adams, who is also promoting her sci-fi thriller Arrival, addressed the concept of revenge in the story – and in her own life at Venice.

“Oh, revenge,” Adams said, laughing. “I have fantasies of revenge. I probably would never do them. Because, ultimately I don’t know that revenge is very satisfying. It doesn’t really fix it.”

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