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SPOILERS AHEAD I think this movie is actually about revenge. The whole movie is based on two "parallel" stories. The events in real life are very similar to those of the book. One is the relationship between Susan (Amy Adams) and Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) a.k.a. real life where she reads the book. In this (lets say) universe she cheats on him and breaks ...


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Actually it's the book that is full of metaphors. The book presents a metaphorical reference to how Edward felt when he lost his wife and child. ref : Nocturnal Animals Explained Susan is so disturbed by this that she calls her daughter to check on her. This daughter of her's is not Edward's but is Hutton's. It is not mentioned explicitly that Hutton ...


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The message that I got from the movie is that Edward was a great writer without having to go though what she wanted him to do in order to stay with him. In the end he was brilliant and successful and she was married to the "successful" man who wound up being the two timing broke guy who is leaching off of her success. He stood her up in the end of the movie ...


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I think that the opening scene is there to make this powerful contrast between the women that are nothing that our society expects them to be but are truly happy, joyful, celebrating and enjoying themselves, and Susan that is everything that our society says she should be but is still so unhappy.


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His objective is clear. He wanted to show her, through the parallel story, the pain he went through when she left him and on top of that aborted his child. Ultimately, he didn't show up to make her aware that she's not worth and that he had his revenge on her.


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After reading the book, Susan admires Edward for his work and agrees to meet up at a fancy restaurant. She dresses beautifully and looks happy. Maybe she wants to patch things up with him or maybe she decides to live with him for the rest of her life. She looks determined. However, after hours of waiting, Edward doesn't show up. She later realizes that the ...


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In the end, it's clear. Tony uses what he KNOWS is going to be a best seller, possibly a Nobel or Pulitzer Prize novel to seduce her. To show her he always had it in him to be a great author without having to compromise his integrity. She, on the other hand compromised everything, only to have an empty and superficial life which she swore she'd never do. He ...


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The daughter in the scene is living on her own, in bed naked with another man. So the implication is that she is at least 18 years old. It's been 19 years since Susan and Edward divorced, and presumably that long since the purported abortion, so considering the gestation period of a human, and the time passed, either this daughter doesn't really exist ...


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From the book, when Tony has the redneck psychopath at gunpoint he still can't do the right thing, he ended up dying. His senstivity became his weakness. In the real life, Edward stood up Susan because it's the right thing to do, he didn't let his sensitivity get the best of him and try to go back with Susan bacause that would probbably kill him too like ...


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That's the point, he didn't show up. That was his way of revenge, he has shaken up her emotions about thir past relationship with the novel and then didn't even show up. This is also covered here in a similar question.


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Why didn't Tony, the protagonist of Edward's story, show any anger when he saw the rapists Susan told Edward that he is weak we know that from the night they broke up, he told her that she already told him "He is weak" before. That's why Edward made Tony's personality as weak in the novel. This even becomes more clear when Ray tells him he is weak, but ...


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