TOM AT THE FARM

Xavier Dolan

(TOM À LA FERME)

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The precociously talented Xavier Dolan, who has garnered a phenomenal amount of awards and acclaim at the age of just 25, moves into genre territory with his fourth feature, delivering a compact, tense, and disarming thriller that deftly plays with audience expectations.

Following the death of his lover Guillaume, Tom (Dolan) travels to rural Québec for the funeral, to the family farm where mother Agathe (Lise Roy) remains ignorant of her deceased son’s sexuality. Guillaume’s brother Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) however, was well aware of the truth, and employs a mixture of physical and psychological coercion to ensure that Tom does not enlighten Agathe.

As the homoerotic power-play between the two men intensifies, the arrival of Sara (Evelyne Brochu), pretending to be the dead man’s girlfriend, only complicates matters further.

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105 minutes, Canada-France, 2013, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

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