Tom at the Farm

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Taut, chilling, and overall engrossing, Tom at the Farm offers further confirmation that writer-director Xavier Dolan is a filmmaking talent to be reckoned with.



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After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume, Tom (Xavier Dolan - Mommy, Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother), 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 identity a secret but soon finds himself increasingly drawn into a twisted, sexually-charged game by Guillaume's aggressive brother (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), who suspects the truth. Stockholm syndrome, deception, grief, and savagery pervade this psychological thriller from filmmaker Xavier Dolan.


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  • It's all a bit improbable, but Dolan -- who claimed never to have watched any Hitchcock before filming -- pulls off a Master-of-Suspense Psycho-drama, down to the scraping, disturbed violins.

    Dec 31, 2017 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Grief, lies and webs of deceit are the flesh-eating monsters. The film exudes a living poetry.... Dolan has the ability to render any banal activity ominous.

    Jan 28, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

    Emily Buder

    Top Critic
  • It's a tentative slow burn about the secrets we keep in the name of love, and it doesn't quite add up.

    Aug 18, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • There's not enough structure to these different threads. It could work on the stage where movement and place and time are necessarily compressed, but on film it feels artificial, not fully worked out.

    Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The kind of domestic psychodrama that may have resonated on stage but proves pretentious and hermetical here, after some initial tension.

    Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The cross-pollination makes for some nice-looking scenes. Ultimately, though, there's a crop failure.

    Aug 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tom at the Farm

  • Aug 26, 2014
    A much more restrained Xavier Dolan after his pretentious previous film, and he displays an assured direction and firm control of this suspenseful thriller, even though the narrative seems to move too fast as the characters start to act in ways that are not always convincing.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2013
    I don't believe that I have seen Xavier Dolan on the other side of the camera but this is a nice departure for him to direct and star in the film. the drama works at a nice steady pace as everything is revealed. I shade off a half star for the ending which keeps us a little bit too stranded.
    John B Super Reviewer

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