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Tom à la ferme (2013)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 14 August 2015 (USA)
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A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

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The story of Tom, who is in the grip of grief and depression following the death of his lover. When he meets the family of the deceased, it is revealed the mother was not aware of her son's sexual orientation, or his relationship with Tom either, for that matter. Written by Indie

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What you don't know WILL hurt you.

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Tom: And why doesn't anybody talk to you?
Francis: I don't care about people, so people don't care about me, you know.
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Les moulins de mon coeur
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Eddy Marnay
Written/Composed by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand
French Adaptation by Eddy Marnay
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Very solid psychological thriller from Dolan
25 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"It's for you Sarah. It's all yours now, yes? Why not take the box? Why not do what you should do? Why not this sad? Why not run to his grave? Why not bring me flowers? Why didn't Tom speak at the church? Why i let my son visit me? Because he said he would call and write! What kind of accident was it? With whom was he? How was it when, where, how! Nobody dies at 25! Nobody, Nobody, Nobody!!!

-Agathe

Well last year when this premiered at Venice i was pretty interested in seeing what kind of buzz it would come out with, and the buzz was overall great, the Toronto buzz was also good and since then the movie as been on my watchlist. Before this one i had only seen two movies from Dolan those being "Laurence Anyways and "I Killed my Mother", i liked "Laurence" quite a bit but i was disappointed by "Mother" and non of those movies were really my cup of tea although something like Laurence Anyways was undeniably good. So i went in to Tom at the Farm reluctant but hopeful that it would be a worthy experience.

Tom at the Farm is Directed by Xavier Dolan and it stars Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu, Manuel Tadros and Jacques Lavallée. "The story of Tom, who is in the grip of grief and depression following the death of his lover. When he meets the family of the deceased, it is revealed the mother was not aware of her son's sexual orientation, or his relationship with Tom either, for that matter."

It's been more than half a year and still only a few fortunate people have been able to see this movie, that hasn't even been released yet at the U.S. Tom at the Farm was well received, mostly positive reviews but i still get the feeling that this was Dolan's less applauded work and i got to say that i don't really understand why because Tom at the Farm might be my favorite of his. OK well it might not be the movie i enjoyed the most, maybe i enjoyed Laurence Anyways a bit more but i would probably say that this one is the one that audiences will find easier to watch . I found "I Killed my Mother" to be completely uninteresting and i was bored out of my mind and "Laurence Anyways" was a bit to long and Tom at the Farm does not have any of those problems. One of the problems i had with the previous two movies was to follow the narrative, it was a bit to abstract(probably not the right word) and it was hard to keep an interest in what was going on. But this doesn't happen here, i was actually surprised by how engaged and interested i was actually in the movie's plot.

The movie follows the title role, Tom, and the movie begins with him crying clearly heartbroken and we soon get to see that someone who was close to him died. He drives into the country, into a farm where he breaks in to a house. We soon find out that there a lady and his son live there and that there is a family connection between Tom's lover and this family. The name of the lady was Agather and her son Francis and the person that died was Agathe's son(Guilahume) and Francis brother.

No one was expecting Tom although he was his boyfriend, worst than that no one seems to know that Guilaume was gay. The only one that knew this was Francis his brother and he is a redneck motherf*cker and he is making sure that his mom is not going to know the truth and he says that a Sarah was dating him although she doesn't even go to the funeral.

Tom seems to be in a difficult situation, he can't say the truth to Agathe but well something worst happens. Francis starts playing games with Tom, he wont let him get out of the farm, he will beat him and then treat him well. There is also some palpable sexual tension between the two. It's kind of weird but between the beating, and the dancing and the cow's birth Tom actually gets familiar with the farm and kind of fells in love with Francis.

There is a lot going on at the same time. At times Tom tries desperately to get out of the farm and then later one saying that he loves the farm that there everything is really. We never really get a sense of Tom and Francis mental state they are both clearly disturbed, Tom seems to love and hate Francis at the same time and the same thing with Francis that seems to despise Tom and to heterosexual being proud of being on and then being sexually attracted to Tom. These physiological nuances make Tom at the Farm be a edge of the seat physiological thriller and a movie that is no doubt worth seeing.

Technically the movie is also pretty great, the does look great and all the camera work and score really intensify the physiological instability of these characters. The acting is also great, Xavier Dolan not only proves to have some talent behind the cameras but also in front of the cameras, all the rest of the supporting cast is goo by the way. Overall i enjoyed Tom at the Farm much more than i was actually expecting to, good movie no doubt on that but i'm still reluctant in saying that i'm excited about this new comer Xavier Dolan

Rating:B-


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