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Tom at the Farm (Dir. Xavier Dolan, 2013)

Review from IMDB.

"I was one of the lucky people to see this movie tonight at the Dutch festival 'Roze Filmdagen' (Pink Film Days) in Amsterdam before it will hit the art-house cinemas here in april. It was the opening film and the festival director Werner Borkes made clear in his opening speech that he felt like a very lucky man to be able to show us this movie already. I must say, the expectations were high and growing and most of the time high expectations are hard to live up to. But not this time.

Canadian wonder child Xavier Dolan (born in '89) adapted the play by Michel Marc Bouchard, who co-wrote the script for the movie. Dolan is also playing the lead character Tom, who visits the family of his deceased lover for the funeral. The mother and homophobic brother live on a farm and when Tom tries to leave after the funeral, the brother doesn't let him. What follows is a psychological warfare between the characters and the big question is: will Tom be able to leave and does he want to…

The movie is tensed from beginning till the end and the music (with a lot of strings) is used well to accompany and strengthen the secluded and somewhat claustrophobic life on the farm. Besides the tension, there is also a lot of humor in the situations and dialog that seems to turn on a dime into an awkward situation for Tom. Especially the part where Tom is talking over dinner about the so-called girlfriend Sara with the mother, who doesn't have a clue what Tom's relationship with her son is, and the brother is a memorable scene. All the actors are great and deliver the lines from their toes.

Xavier Dolan is especially one to keep an eye on, this is already his third movie in his 24 years young life and he knows how to tell a great story the right way."

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    A deeply disturbing and fascinating film in equal measure! A psychological drama depicting the abusive manipulation of Tom by the 'farmer' whose personality disorder has profound consequences in his violent outbursts and need to control his micro world. Set in the Canadian prairies the bleak environment enhances the sense of claustrophobic entrapment as he violently contrives to prevent Tom from escaping. The tension was unrelenting throughout the film. It gave us much food for thought in discussion afterwards. Thank you to the others for an interesting evening and stimulating conversation over very acceptable wine!

    April 7, 2014

  • Sue Sinton S.

    Film was a bit grim, not unexpected, but good to discuss it afterwards.

    April 6, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Sorry to miss you. Was doing a writing residency in Ireland for nearly a month and now off to Siena a week on Monday to do the same. Hope to see you when I am back.

    April 6, 2014

  • Cathy

    Too many things to do this w/e!

    April 6, 2014


    Hello Mark,
    I'm back from my weekends away and looking forward to this film and meeting up with you all. I went to see 'The Past' this week and found it a profoundly moving and through provoking film. A rewarding experience.
    See you on Sunday

    April 3, 2014

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