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Tom at the Farm

Tom à la ferme

Directed by Xavier Dolan
Canada, France, 2013


Following his lover’s death, Tom travels to rural Québec for his burial, to the family farm, where mother Agathe remains ignorant of her deceased son’s sexuality. Brother Francis, who does know, uses a mix of physical and psychological coercion to ensure that Tom doesn’t mistakenly enlighten her.

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Tom at the Farm Directed by Xavier Dolan
Tom at the Farm, adapted by Dolan and Michel Marc Bouchard from Bouchard’s own play, has the outward trappings of a genre piece. And as such, it’s fairly suspenseful. But at heart, it’s still very much an Xavier Dolan film – ragged, explosive, and often moving.
August 15, 2015
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It is loving and emotional but cynical nonetheless, bluntly honest to the point of what most of us would consider tactless, so practical in its expressed need for self-preservation that it becomes callous.
August 14, 2015
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A film that so thoroughly externalizes psychological states it becomes almost corporeal, a startling recombination of the film forms scholar Linda Williams famously labeled “body genres.” Scraping together the techniques of horror, melodrama, and, if not pornography, then something like romance, Dolan concocts a promiscuously stylized portrait of the sadomasochistic allure of the “masculine.” Tom at the Farm isn’t a wet dream. It’s a wet nightmare.
August 08, 2015
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