Tom at the Farm

Tom à la ferme
Canada, France, 2013
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Dir.: Xavier Dolan
Prod.: Xavier Dolan, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert
Scr.: Xavier Dolan, Michel Marc Bouchard
Phot.: André Turpin
Ed.: Xavier Dolan
Music: Gabriel Yared
Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu
Distibutor: MK2
Colour
92 mins.

Xavier Dolan, one of Canada’s most provocative and boundary pushing filmmakers, dips his toes into the mainstream with this gripping psychological thriller. Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a sadistic game perpetrated by the deceased’s savage, sexually repressed brother. Nimbly juggling elements of noir, suspense and melodrama, Dolan demonstrates equal technical bravura as he daringly narrows his film’s aspect ratio, as the narrative progresses, cleverly conveying precisely how inescapable Tom’s circumstances have become. A far more rugged and menacing affair than you’d expect from Dolan, Tom at the Farm captivates throughout and leaves you wondering what else the multi-hyphenate might be capable of.


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