Tom at the Farm

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Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 102 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 16th April 2014

Distributed by: MK2

Production compaines: MK2 Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Fresh: 28 Rotten: 6

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Charles Gillibert, Nathanael Karmitz

Starring: Xavier Dolan as Tom, Pierre-Yves Cardinal as Francis, Lise Roy as Agathe, Evelyne Brochu as Sara, Manuel Tadros as Barman, Jacques Lavallée as Priest, Anne Caron as Doctor, Mélodie Simard as Fille a l'église, Olivier Morin as Paul, Johanne Léveillé as Employée à la station-service (as Johanne Léveillée), Mathieu Roy as Homme au dépanneur

Tom at the Farm Movie Review


After black comedy (I Killed My Mother), ethereal romance (Heartbeats) and gender-bending drama (Laurence Anyways), eerily gifted 25-year-old Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan turns to Hitchcock for inspiration. The result is a seriously creepy thriller that's packed with pungent themes and spiky characters. It's the kind of film that makes us laugh one minute then chills us to the bone the next.

Dolan stars as Tom, a loner who drives from his home in Montreal to the countryside to attend the funeral of his boyfriend. Arriving on the family's farm, Tom discovers that his boyfriend had never come out to his mother Agathe (Lise Roy), and older son Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) threatens Tom to keep him quiet. So when Agathe asks about her son's girlfriend, Tom calls his friend Sara (Evelyne Brochu) and asks her to come. Meanwhile, Tom finds himself caught in a web of erotic attraction and dark fear as the mercurial Francis bullies him mercilessly, putting him to work on the farm.

With its North by Northwest setting and intense filmmaking style, Dolan continually drops hints that surprise us as the story twists and turns. Nothing feels safe in this beautiful place, as the cornfields have frighteningly sharp leaves and the barns aren't as deserted as they seem to be. The slight Dolan and beefy Cardinal make a striking on-screen pair, and both actors let us see under the surface in unexpected ways. Like Tom, we are both drawn to and terrified of Francis. And the two women in the mix add to the shifting dynamic.

But Dolan isn't a mainstream filmmaker, and his approach is fiercely artistic, letting big themes gurgle under every scene while refusing to take the expected dramatic route through the story. Essentially this is a fable about how any pocket of backwoods bigotry can threaten all of society. So even as he's freaking us out, Dolan adds a haunting kick that gets us thinking.


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