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Tom at the Farm (2015)Tom at the Farm (2015)

Tom at the Farm (2015)

Xavier Dolan brings white knuckle intensity to this taut thriller

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0

movie

Canada, France

French

Character-driven, Dramatic, Intense

2015

Xavier Dolan

Anne Caron, Caleb Landry Jones, Evelyne Brochu

105 min

Synopsis

A young man travels to an isolated farm for his lover's funeral where he's quickly drawn into a twisted, sexually charged game by his lover's aggressive brother.

Our Take

8.0
Igor Fishman

What starts as an unsettling drama quickly morphs into a searing psychological thriller. The film, based on a play of the same title, tells the story of Tom, a young man who while attending his boyfriend’s funeral, stays with the grieving family unaware of his relationship with their son. During his stay, Tom becomes subject to the violent whims of his boyfriend’s brother. 

The intense psychosexual dynamic that develops becomes a piercing examination of homophobia, masculinity, and violence. Dolan’s expert direction keeps a level of intensity that grips and never let’s go until the gorgeous closing sequence. At times brutal and cruel, Tom at the Farm may be a tough watch, but its portrait of simmering regressive violence speaks vividly and directly to our current moment. 

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