Tom at the Farm

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  • Summary: After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume, Tom (Xavier Dolan), travels from his home in the city to a remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that Guillaume's family knows nothing about him and was expecting a woman in his place. Torn between his ownAfter the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume, Tom (Xavier Dolan), travels from his home in the city to a remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that Guillaume's family knows nothing about him and was expecting a woman in his place. Torn between his own grief and that of the family, Tom keeps his identity a secret but soon finds himself increasingly drawn into a twisted, sexually-charged game by Guillaume’s aggressive brother (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), who suspects the truth. [Amplify] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Emily Buder
    Sep 7, 2015
    91
    There's a dramatic cognitive dissonance at play, and Dolan takes for granted that the audience will be willing to suspend disbelief. That's where he missteps. In choosing not to build out Tom's psychological framework, Dolan risks alienating more than a few viewers.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 13, 2015
    83
    Starring in, directing and writing (in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchard, on whose play it's based) a movie at Dolan's tender age is certainly a Wellesian accomplishment. All three actors are convincing, especially Cardinal as the cruel, manipulative Francis, and their characters' behavior feels authentic even when it's not logical.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    [Dolan's] raised his craft, and made by far his best film yet.
  4. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Apr 1, 2014
    75
    It's certainly his best film.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Aug 14, 2015
    63
    Strains to be a psychological thriller but its length (102 minutes) dissipates the tension that should be taut and compressed.
  6. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Apr 1, 2014
    60
    It’s wildly melodramatic, typified by the ear-assaulting score. But there’s something compelling about Dolan’s supreme self-confidence, even when misplaced. He takes risks – and that’s attractive.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 12, 2015
    38
    The real thrills consist of one monologue brilliantly delivered by Manuel Tadros as a bar owner, and most of Gabriel Yared’s old-school orchestral score.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 10, 2016
    10
    Xavier Dolan really shows his chops in this film--a personal favourite of mine from his ever-expanding canon. Visually stunning, with anXavier Dolan really shows his chops in this film--a personal favourite of mine from his ever-expanding canon. Visually stunning, with an incredibly quiet yet harrowing storyline. He is a master of his craft! Expand
  2. WJS
    Oct 12, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Intense little film with superb acting and a true sense of isolation, the only complaint I have is the ending, which didn't explain enough for me. This is a good example of quebec cinema at its best. Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2015
    8
    TOM AT THE FARM finally hits US theaters. And we are lucky to have it! Xavier Dolan's kind of latest (the film was actually made before MOMMY)TOM AT THE FARM finally hits US theaters. And we are lucky to have it! Xavier Dolan's kind of latest (the film was actually made before MOMMY) is sexy, funny, creepy, romantic, and downright scary. This wonderful examination of self hatred, sexual confusion, and mommy love (again from Dolan) is pitch perfect until a last act that meanders and may leave you wondering what it was all about. But Dolan proves he is one of our great living directors. So TOM AT THE FARM is not perfect but still well beyond most of what you will see this year. And no matter how you react, you will be haunted. Expand
  4. Aug 14, 2015
    8
    It is almost two years ago that I viewed ‘Tom at the Farm’ at the London Film Festival and between then, and it now finally getting some sortIt is almost two years ago that I viewed ‘Tom at the Farm’ at the London Film Festival and between then, and it now finally getting some sort of US release, I have caught up with all Xavier Dolan’s other work. His films are all good and his best film ‘Mommy’ is outstanding. As a young director still in his mid-twenties his achievements are nothing short of phenomenal. Whilst his films are flawed he is still the most exciting and inspired director since Brian De Palma. His stories feel fresh; his visuals are bold and imaginative and his choice of music is exciting and provides maximum emotional impact.
    ‘Tom at the Farm’ is a real curiosity. Full of intrigue and menace which is underlined by Gabriel Yared’s effective score and recalls to mind the work of Bernard Hermann for Alfred Hitchcock. Tom has gone to visit the family of his deceased partner, but finds himself at odds with the dead man’s brother who is prone to violence. The character motivation for Tom is somewhat suspect as after the first violent encounter any normal person would be racing to the next town. Inferences are made that the brother is gay and the homo erotic undertones are never more present than when the two perform a tango together. This makes for a very strange scene indeed. As already mentioned, and as is usual in a Dolan film, music plays a key part. Michele Legrand’s hauntingly beautiful ‘The Windmills of your mind’, sung in French, opens the film promisingly, but is guilty of out staying its welcome. However, another song ‘Going to Town’ is far more successful in closing proceedings. For connoisseurs of the weird and the wonderfully original it is well worth seeking out, flaws ‘n’ all.
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