Tom at the Farm (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Tom at the Farm

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (21)

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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2016
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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2015
Top Critic

The kind of domestic psychodrama that may have resonated on stage but proves pretentious and hermetical here, after some initial tension.

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

Full Review… | August 13, 2015
New York Daily News
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Wildly entertaining, sexy and beautifully shot in the Canadian heartland.

Full Review… | August 13, 2015
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Tom at the Farm


Tom at the Farm is tense and claustrophobic, with a beautifully realized performance from its star/director Xavier Dolan.

Gabriel Cambre
Gabriel Cambre

A more restrained Xavier Dolan after his pretentious previous film, and he displays here an assured direction and firm control of a suspenseful thriller, even though the narrative also seems to move too fast as the characters start to act in ways that are not always convincing.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Very sutile, pretty and emotionally playful, Tom at the farm mis a showcase of many talents thanks to great directing and writing in order to tell a story that might have a few shortcomings, specially a farily shallow end, but has plenty of crazy and clever moments to keep Toms story going.

Pablo Gonzalez
Pablo Gonzalez

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