Tom at the Farm (Tom a la Ferme)
Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lisa Roy
Genre: Drama, Thriller Language: French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Canada, France 2013 105 mins.
Released by NETWORK RELEASING
'A Hitchcockian style psychological thriller that carries an atmosphere of dread'.
'Tom at the Farm' is the fourth feature from talented Quebec film maker Xavier Dolan and a departure from his trilogy on the impossibility of love - 'I Killed My Mother', 'Heartbeats' and 'Laurence Anyways'. Adapted from the stage play of the same title with the script co-written by xavier Dolan and Michel Marc Bouchard, Tom (Xavier Dolan) a young advertising copywriter from Montreal travels to the Quebec countryside for Guillaume's funeral. No one knows who Tom is or who he was to Guillaume. The unseen Guillaume has an elder brother Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) who sets the parameters for a twisted and bizarre game to protect the family name and shelter Gilllaume's grieving widowed mother, Agathe (Lise Roy) from the truth that her son was gay. Director-writer Xavier Dolan has produced a surreal psychological thriller with an atmosphere of dread backed by Gabriel Yarad's ear-blasting score. The cast offer compelling performances as Stockholm Syndrome takes over Tom's life and he becomes immersed in a bizarre fiction about Guillaume.
A confident, compelling and mature film.