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‘Nadia, Butterfly’ Review: Canadian Swimming Movie Asks, ‘Is There Life After Sports?’

‘Nadia, Butterfly’ Review: Canadian Swimming Movie Asks, ‘Is There Life After Sports?’
Directed by former competitive swimmer Pascal Plante and featuring a two-time Olympic athlete in the title role, “Nadia, Butterfly” qualifies as both a sports movie and not-a-sports movie — which is to say, Plante’s aloof, intermittently engaging second feature takes a backstage look at a defining moment in a swimmer’s career, but it does so in a way that violates nearly all the rules of the game.

For starters, the film opens with the final race of Canadian swimmer Nadia Beaudry (Katerine Savard), at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, rather than building up to the big event and hitching drama on the question of whether she wins or loses. The genre has trained audiences to watch sports movies the way they do the events themselves, driven by the suspense of the outcome. Here, we know relatively early on that Nadia will go home with a medal, but not the best one,
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Liff 2018 Special Review: Venus

After struggling with gender identity, Punjabi Canadian Sid (Debargo Sanyal) finally makes the decision to live a life as a transgender woman outside the home, and to undergo the process of gender transition. Sid, born male, has always known she was a woman, but never took the step of dressing like one in public until making this important decision. As fate would have it, at the same time that Sid is planning for her new future and taking steps towards living her life fully as a woman, she meets Ralph (Jamie Meyers), a teenaged boy who, when confronted by Sid as to why he’s hanging around her suddenly, reveals that Sid is his father – Sid was involved, briefly, with Ralph’s mother (Amber Goldfarb), and Ralph, it seems, was the result.

Director Eisha Marjara (Desperately Seeking Helen) brings much warmth and wit to Venus. As much an exploration of modern,
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Review ‘Venus’ Directed By Eisha Marjara

Review ‘Venus’ Directed By Eisha Marjara
Review by Peter Belsito‘Venus’ is a serious comedy about a family’s grudging, confused and difficult but slowly positive acceptance of their family member Sid (who is middle aged) as he transitions to a ‘she’ identity and becomes female.

This is the second ‘transgender’ feature I’ve seen recently.

First let me mention the other recent one from Chile, entitled A Fantastic Woman. It deals with a trans woman dealing with the sad death of her longtime lover and the vicious rejection of her by his family.

I mention that because this one also deals with family but in a very different way.

At once hilarious and serious, smart and sassy, Eisha Marjara’s articulate, absorbing and lively gender-shifting Canadian comedy is the witty tale of Sid, a transitioning woman going through a difficult time whose life takes a big turn when a 14-year-old boy named Ralph (Jamie Mayers
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 6: Stalkings

Horror films are built on our voyeuristic impulses. Our desire to witness or experience the obscene, the taboo, and the grotesque draws us into films about crazed killers or unseen forces. We don’t just want to be shocked, we want to be vulnerable. The stalking scene is a staple of the genre because it involves us in the filmmaking process by providing us a point of view: usually third person from a victim or first person from a killer. Unlike a chase scene, where both parties are aware of the game, the stalking often involves an oblivious participant. These are the slowest and most methodical scenes. There’s no rush to where we’re going because there is no destination to get to. Once the participant becomes aware, there’s only four options: run, hide, fight, or die.


The Birds (1963) – Bird’s eye view

Although not as shocking as Psycho,
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This Clip From Xavier Dolan’s New Movie Is So Wrong, But So Hot

This Clip From Xavier Dolan’s New Movie Is So Wrong, But So Hot
Before you press play on the following video, we’ve got a question to ask: How cool are your co-workers? If you tell them that you’re going to watch a clip from the new Xavier Dolan movie, will they know that Dolan is the acclaimed young actor-writer-director behind movies like the Cannes-honored Mommy? Might they even remember that his latest release, Tom at the Farm, was actually filmed before Mommy, but it’s finally making its Stateside debut this Friday (in theaters and on Digital HD)? If your colleagues still require a plot synopsis, tell them that Dolan plays the titular Tom, who visits the family of his deceased ex-lover, Guillaume, only to find out that Guillaume had never even told them he was gay. Tentative Tom switches up his story and claims only to be a friend of Guillaume’s, but the late man’s conservative, domineering brother
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Tom at the Farm | Review

I Need a Lover with a Farm Hand: Dolan’s Latest a Filet of Self Loathing

For his fourth feature, Xavier Dolan adapts the material of another for the first time with Michel Marc Bouchard’s play, Tom at the Farm, a rural set psychological thriller that’s been described as queer noir, but perhaps homoneurotic would be a better descriptor. A foreboding set-up leads to an uncomfortable exploration of self-loathing that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, as the material, which exemplifies a vicious and virulent homophobia still very much alive today, somehow still feels like a period piece character study.

We quickly gather that Tom (Dolan) has recently lost his lover Guillaume in a mysterious accident as he scrawls desperate notes to himself on a napkin, trying to rationalize and contain the raging heartbreak he’s experiencing all by himself. He travels to visit Guillaume’s estranged mother
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‘Tom at the Farm’, Xavier Dolan’s long delayed thriller, gets an intense new trailer

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.

Dolan’s next film due for 2016 stars Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, and Vincent Cassel in It’s Only the End of the World, but in the mean time Tom at the Farm will hit theaters
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Tom At The Farm (2015) Movie Trailer: Eerie Thriller from Heartbeats director

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 […]
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U.S. Trailer: "Tom at the Farm"

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,
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Watch: New Us Trailer for Xavier Dolan's Other Film 'Tom at the Farm'

"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
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Xavier Dolan's 'Tom at the Farm' is Coming, First U.S. Trailer Released

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
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Amplify Releasing Prepare Summer Harvest for Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm”

Going on almost two full years since it landed in competition for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Amplify Releasing have made their first foreign film language pick-up and have set it up Tom at the Farm with an August 14th release. Labeled as his homage to Hitch despite the filmmaker not being versed in the MacGuffin, Xavier Dolan’s fourth film and what I describe as bully porn and best work to date (I’m in the minority with this one) is the only film in his five film filmography to not have premiered in Cannes.

Gist: After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry-Jones), Tom (Dolan) travels from his home in the city to Guillaume’s family’s remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that the family knows nothing of him and was expecting a woman in his place.
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Amplify Releasing picks up ‘Tom At The Farm’

Amplify Releasing picks up ‘Tom At The Farm’
Xavier Dolan’s psychosexual thriller has found a Us home and will open on August 14.

Dolan wrote, directed and stars in Tom At The Farm, about a gay man who attends his lover’s funeral and tries to keep his sexuality hidden despite the suspicions of the deceased’s aggressive brother.

Caleb Landry Jones and Pierre-Yves Cardinal also star in the film, which is based on the stage play by Michel-Marc Bouchard.

Dylan Marchetti brokered the deal with MK2’s Victoire Thevenin acting on behalf the filmmakers.

New York-based Amplify’s next release is Felt on June 26.
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Xavier Dolan's 'Tom at the Farm' Finally Locks Down U.S. Distribution

Xavier Dolan's 'Tom at the Farm' Finally Locks Down U.S. Distribution
Read More: Watch the Intense Trailer For Xavier Dolan's 'Tom at the Farm' Amplify Releasing has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Xavier Dolan's 2013 psychosexual thriller, "Tom at the Farm," based on the stage play by Michel-Marc Bouchard. The film, starring Dolan opposite Caleb Landry Jones and Pierre-Yves Cardinal, first premiered back at the Venice Film Festival in 2013 but was never released in the United States. The official plot synopsis reads: "After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Jones), Tom (Dolan) travels from his home in the city to Guillaume's family's remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he's shocked to find that the family knows nothing of him and was expecting a woman in his place. Tom keeps his identity a secret but soon finds himself increasingly drawn into a twisted, sexually charged game by Guillaume's aggressive brother (Cardinal), who suspects the truth." "Xavier has made a phenomenally.
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Xavier Dolan Fills “Mommy” Shopping Cart with 10 Jutra Awards (Quebec Oscars)

Xavier Dolan tied contemporaries Philippe Falardeau and Denis Villeneuve by winning his second Best Feature award at the 17th annual Jutra Awards. Quebec’s answer to the Oscars was a rather suspense-less affair as Mommy claimed nine (plus the top box office award honor) awards winning in all major categories with the exclusion of Best Supporting Actor category win, which would only end up going to Dolan’s other nominated film, Tom at the Farm. Pierre-Yves Cardinal was sublime in his predatory type role and as was the case for several nominees, was hard at work on another project and therefore not on hand for trophyware. Ricardo Trogi’s throwback to awkward teen years tale 1987 did win a trio of awards, but if there were any surprises in the Dolan camp it was the acceptance speeches: Dolan delivered a keynote speech type quality for the last win of the night
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DVD Review: 'Tom at the Farm'

★★★★☆Prodigious Canadian writer and director Xavier Dolan's fifth feature, Mommy (2014), took home a Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Before Mommy comes to UK cinemas next year, Dolan's fourth film, Tom at the Farm (2013), based on a play by Michel Marc Bouchard, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. Tom at the Farm is a strange, off-kilter drama starring Dolan himself as Tom, a recently bereaved gay man visiting his deceased lover's home for the funeral. It soon becomes clear that his mother, Agathe (Lise Roy), is unaware of her dead son's sexual orientation, an ignorance that her older son, Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), is determined to preserve.
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His Soul to Make: The Music Video Stylings of Xavier Dolan

“To me, music is the soul of the film,” Xavier Dolan said in an interview with Slant Magazine in 2012, just as his third feature Laurence Anyways was about to makes it premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. More than most directors, it seems, Dolan seems to blur the line between film and music video, bringing the two together tastefully, offering interludes that are just as important to the whole of the film as any dialogue scene. These scenes, perhaps, allow Dolan to exercise his more indulgent side, but they give his films a gorgeous full bodied appeal. Also giving him the opportunity to experiment with technique, Dolan brings an inventiveness and assuredness to both forms unlike any director.

The 25 year-old director has taste, certainly, allowing the music he chooses (from The Knife to Celine Dion, from Duran Duran to Rufus Wainwright) to ebb and
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Tom At The Farm Review

A friend of mine in film studies once grimaced when I mentioned the name Xavier Dolan, bottling up the same rage that a film student would typically give to Uwe Boll or Michael Bay. The anger was misplaced: Dolan has not yet directed anything that would be considered bad or even close to bad, but he is an extremely prodigious young filmmaker. Dolan is only 25, yet earlier this week, he screened his fifth film, Mommy, at the Cannes Film Festival – one that is already being touted as a major contender for world cinema’s most prestigious prize, the Palme D’Or. It is his fourth film to screen at Cannes. When you have reached that peak of critical adoration by your mid-twenties, it is hard not to be a bit envious.

Dolan is a Québécois director who often tells stories about the fractious relationships between gay children and their parents.
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Film Review: 'Tom at the Farm'

★★★☆☆ French-Canadian filmmaking prodigy Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother) takes Oscar Wilde's "The love that dare not speak its name" adage to new extremes in repression thriller Tom at the Farm (2013). Dolan inserts himself into the title role of Tom, an ad agency editor who finds himself in the backwaters of Canada for his dead boyfriend Guillaume's funeral. Established in the creaky farmstead, Tom finds a wide-eyed, white-haired mother (Lise Roy), who is oblivious to her son's homosexuality and more than a little off her rocker. Also present is the bullish Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), a threatening figure who milks cows to mask his own latent desires.
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