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Madrid –Stepping up as one of the sales agents with most titles at Locarno, Loic Magneron’s Paris-based sales-production house Wide has acquired Canadian Anne Emond’s “Our Loved Ones” which screens in the Swiss Fest’s Filmmakers of the Present.
Also written by Emond, “Our Loved Ones” is produced by Sylvain Corbeil and Nancy Grant at Montreal-based Metafilms whose credits include “Mommy,” Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Jury Prize co-winner, and Denis Cote’s “Vic + Flo Saw a Bear.”
A weight-of-the-past drama, it turns on the emotional legacy of a family tragedy: In 1978, Guy Leblanc dies tragically in a small village of the province of Quebec. The real cause of his death remains a mystery for most of his family. Years later, his son David, now a loving father of two children, secretly still carries the weight of this tragedy as must David’s daughter with her own reaction to her father’s suffering. »
- John Hopewell
★★★★☆ The fifth feature from worryingly prolific mid-twenties Quebecoise filmmaker Xavier Dolan, Mommy (2014) sees him returning to the themes that have fuelled his impressive quartet of features thus far, only here they are so tightly woven together to form perhaps his most robust piece of work to date. The winner of a jury prize in Cannes last year - the director has become something of a cherished darling on the Croisette - the drama is a repackaging of sorts of Dolan's semi-autobiographical 2009 debut I Killed My Mother in that it focuses on the pangs of maternal love. Yet here his overarching question is posed in an intensely fraught way; how can conflicted personalities and emotions sustain compatibility?
- CineVue UK
Director: Xavier Dolan
Running Time: 138 mins
Special Features: Deleted Scenes / Cannes featurette /Interviews
With government understanding of mental health arguably reaching a new low, the release of Mommy provides a powerful contribution to the debate. A subtle French-Canadian drama about the complex, raw relationship between a mother and son, it takes place in an alternate Canada (more interesting than it sounds, trust me!) and features excellent performances and striking photography.
Opening with a car smash, the film pitches us squarely into the life of Die (Anne Dorval), who’s struggling to keep herself on track via her priority, maladjusted teenager Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). In some ways she’s as wayward as he is, and there’s a surprising amount of rapid fire, witty conversation as the pair arrive home after his stint in a correctional facility. One »
- Steve Palace
Wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s study of a warring mother and son is manic, while David O Russell strikes a rare bum note
There will come a time when one can write about Xavier Dolan without mentioning his age, but I’m not sure we’re there yet: at 26, a whopping five films into his career, he still seems driven by youth’s frustrations and sudden surges of feeling. There are pinballing emotions galore in Mommy (Metrodome, 15), a study of dysfunctional mother-son adoration in which viewers themselves may experience alternating urges to embrace and throttle the wunderkind. Hailed by many newly converted critics as his most mature work, it’s actually his most manic.
Related: Antoine Olivier Pilon: ‘I just want to work on even more intense characters now’
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- Guy Lodge
★★★☆☆ Xavier Dolan proves once again that the world revolves around him (and that's a good thing) in the quiet Canadian drama Elephant Song (2014). The wunderkind is once again the secret spice that brings the best bout of other ingredients, allowing what was originally shaky and well-trod become something watchable and - dare it be said - intriguing. While the rest of the cast are respective standouts in their own rights, it is Dolan that is worth the price of admission. It's been two years since he has had a meaty acting gig (2013's Tom at the Farm); here again, he proves he's got credibility all over the place. Its Christmas Eve in blustery Canada.
- CineVue UK
Elephant Song, 2015.
Directed by Charles Binamé.
A psychiatrist, a patient and a nurse become embroiled in a day of mind games over the disappearance of a doctor.
Open. Over-exposure. Sandy colour palette. Somewhere hot. A woman sings opera, shot with a floating, dreamlike camera. The sound subtly reverberates. A boy runs up to her.
Right. So it’s going to be one of those movies. That was the flashback. The present is clearer, nowhere near as blurry and impressionistic, colder with blues and whites and greys. Now we’re in a psychiatry hospital.
Why we are, exactly, takes 15 minutes to transpire. It’s an awkward opening quarter-hour. There’s not much in the way of obvious plot. The characters are initially chilly. There’s that cliché-ridden opening flashback. One scene has Michael (Xavier Dolan), the young boy in the opening segment now grown up, »
- Oli Davis
Way back in 2013 at Tiff, we first got a look at Tom at the Farm, a psychosexual thriller in a Hitchcockian vein by the prolific Canadian director still in his 20s, Xavier Dolan. Edgar Chaput championed Dolan’s vision and style as a young auteur, but felt it didn’t have the energy or coherence of some of his equally stylish earlier features.
The film however never got released in American theaters, and since Tom at the Farm first debuted, Dolan managed to put out yet another film, 2014’s Mommy. Now the chance to see it has finally arrived along with a new trailer, and unlike Mommy, it’s thankfully in the right aspect ratio.
- Brian Welk
Tom At The Farm Movie Trailer. Xavier Dolan‘s Tom At The Farm (2013) movie trailer stars Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu and Manuel Tadros. Tom At The Farm‘s plot synopsis: “A grieving man meets his lover’s family, who were not aware of their son’s sexual orientation.” This trailer is pretty captivating. By the end I was excitedly […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
His first three films are on Netflix, his most recent work "Mommy" is out on disc and Digital HD, but young Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan's fourth and arguably most widely accessible film - his 2013 Hitchcock-style psychosexual thriller "Tom at the Farm" - is still not available in the United States.
Despite strong reviews in all corners and winning the Fipresci Prize at Venice, no U.S. distributor had scored the film until recently when Amplify picked it up. The plan is now for a simultaneous limited and VOD release on August 14th and today the distributor released the U.S. trailer for the film.
In the film, Dolan plays Tom, a copywriter who heads to the remote country farm for the funeral of his boyfriend Guillaume. Arriving there, he's shock to find Guillaume's family don't know who he is or the truth about his relationship to Guillaume.
Tom keeps things quiet for now, »
- Garth Franklin
Young Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan made big waves in the past year with Mommy, and now an earlier picture from the director is finally getting a Us release. Tom at the Farm hit festivals and other countries in 2013, but Amplify one recently picked it up for release in the States. They’ve cut a new promo […]
- Russ Fischer
Xavier Dolan, the celebrated young filmmaker behind Laurence Anyways and Mommy, took a brief detour between said films and crafted rural psychothriller Tom at the Farm. Though it’s taken some time to find U.S. release, Tom at the Farm is nearly upon us and distributor Amplify has put together a thrilling new preview. In the film, “After the sudden…
The post Tom at the Farm: Xavier Dolan’s Psychothriller Looks Great [Trailer] appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
"Is that all you've got?" Amplify Releasing has debuted the official Us trailer for Xavier Dolan's other film Tom at the Farm, which he wrote and directed (and starred in) back in 2013. The film first premiered at festivals two years ago and has been waiting for a Us release ever since, despite hitting theaters in Canada and Europe in spring of 2014 (and in the meantime releasing his other film Mommy). Dolan stars as Tom, a grieving man who heads to a rural farm to meet his lover's family. It's a very mysterious, quirky, odd, but beautiful thriller of sorts. We featured another trailer for this two years ago, but this new one is also worth watching. Co-starring Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy & Evelyne Brochu. This one is recommended. Here's the new official Us trailer for Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm, in high def from Apple: Tom (Dolan) has »
- Alex Billington
Read More: 'Mommy' Director Xavier Dolan Doesn't Want You to Label His Films Internationally acclaimed, Xavier Dolan is a director to keep your eye on. With a handful of promising features at such a young age, he follows up the Cannes-winning "Mommy" with a new psychological thriller, "Tom at the Farm." The movie premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and finally found U.S distribution earlier this year. Amplify will release the French-language film in theaters and on demand in August. The official synopsis reads: "After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry Jones), 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 »
- Conor Soules
Until last month, the stateside future of "Tom at the Farm," Xavier Dolan's artful adaptation of a Michel-Marc Bouchard play, looked bleak. It premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival to strong reviews. What took so long? But after outpourings of love for his 2014 Cannes winner "Mommy" (distributed here by Roadside), Amplify Releasing saved the day and scooped the hot Canadian auteur's thriller off the shelf. "Tom at the Farm" will finally be released on August 14, 2015. Dolan does double-duty behind and in front of the camera as the title's brooding, blond-headed hipster who invades the lives of his dead lover's family — who were unaware of their son's sexual orientation. On the farm, Tom falls under the spell of his departed's menacing older brother (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) who oozes an earthy, animal sexuality that indicates he may not be entirely straight. Dolan frames their woozy folie à deux using his usual arsenal of. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I saw Xavier Dolan's psychological thriller Tom at the Farm at the Toronto Film Festival two years ago, but it never found its way to U.S. theaters following that screening. Thanks to Amplify it's finally making its way stateside, set to release on Aug. 14 and the first official domestic trailer is now here. Written, directed by and starring Dolan, the film centers on Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for a funeral. There, he's shocked to find out no one knows who he is, or his relationship to the deceased, whose brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family's name and grieving mother, Tom now has to play the peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his trip to the farm. readmore postid="136687" As much as I love Dolan and will gladly watch »
- Brad Brevet
Between "Laurence Anyways" and last year's acclaimed and Cannes prize-winning "Mommy," the prolific Xavier Dolan directed "Tom At The Farm." Like his previous efforts, it hit the festival circuit, but it appears the film's darker tone turned some off, and not much has been heard about the movie since 2013. It opened in Canada and other international territories, but a U.S. distribution deal proved elusive. But Amplify has finally snapped it up and a new U.S. trailer for the picture is here. Dolan takes the lead role in this psycho-sexual thriller that would make Alfred Hitchcock proud. He plays the titular Tom who, following the death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry Jones, in a very small uncredited role), goes to his family's rural farm for the funeral. But it turns out they didn't know anything about Guillaume's sexuality or partner. Tom doesn't out his former lover, but things take a dark turn when. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The entwined subjects of time passing and landscapes changing have always been synonymous with the work of Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke; his latest feature, Mountains May Depart, expands these ideas to a point that exists beyond any previously established horizon. The film may well be Jia’s most ambitious to date, in this respect: it spans three decades in all, touching down in 1999, 2014 and 2025, so essentially covering our past, present and future. As with all of Jia’s work, location here plays an integral role – like Platform and Pick Pocket, the narrative revolves around the director’s hometown of Fenyang – with scenes unfolding among local festivities on packed streets, or upon the scorched earth of a local coal mine that recalls similar shots in Barbara Loden’s Wanda. And just as we witnessed the gradual construction of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges Dam (and inevitable destruction of the »
- Nicholas Page
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
"A love story for the modern age." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official Us trailer for the upcoming release of François Ozon latest film, The New Girlfriend, starring Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier and Raphaël Personnaz. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and also played at the London, Stockholm, Zurich, Hong Kong, Seattle, Glasgow, and Montclair Film Festivals. The story follows a woman who discovers her late friend's husband, played by Romain Duris (seen in The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Mood Indigo, Chinese Puzzle), likes to dress like a woman. It looks like an interesting film, almost like something from Xavier Dolan or Wong Kar Wai, with beautiful cinematography and vivid performances. Here's the official Us trailer for François Ozon's The New Girlfriend, in high def from Apple: Claire (Anais Demoustier) discovers a secret about the husband of her late best friend, Laura. Following Laura's death, »
- Alex Billington
Fandor is kicking off their Trans Spotlight with a video montage of Xavier Dolan’s stunning 2012 film, Laurence Anyways. Titled Love Bursts, this excellent video tribute by Kevin B. Lee highlights the gorgeous cinematography and set design found in what is without a doubt, the young filmmaker’s best looking film. Watch the video below, and be sure to check out Kyle Turner’s article, The Music Video Stylings of Xavier Dolan.
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