Tom at the Farm

Movies, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
Tom at the Farm

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Young French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan established himself as the enfant terrible of international queer cinema with I Killed My Mother (2009), Heartbeats (2010) and Laurence Anyways (2012)—swooningly stylish features about identity, desire and the importance of being fierce, all made before he turned 25. Based on the play by Michel Marc Bouchard, Tom at the Farm strikes a different note: In place of chic, urban Quebec, we get the stark countryside; rather than strained friendship and romance, we get pulse-raising Hitchcockian suspense. 

Tom (played by the director himself) leaves the city to attend the funeral of his partner, who was still closeted to his family. And what a family: Brother Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) is a surly, brooding jerk, mother Agathe (Lise Roy) tilts between coldness and fragility—and they don’t talk about Dad. As Tom’s stay on their isolated farm drags out, Dolan judiciously drip-feeds the reasons his lover wanted to get out of this place, and, more disconcertingly, the violent and erotic undertows that keep Tom in its orbit. Apart from the location, this still feels very much a Dolan film, focused on people testing the limits of their love for one another and for themselves.



Release details

Release date:
Friday August 14 2015
102 mins

Cast and crew

Xavier Dolan
Xavier Dolan
Xavier Dolan
Pierre-Yves Cardinal
Lise Roy

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