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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Critic Reviews for Tom at the Farm
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.
It's a tentative slow burn about the secrets we keep in the name of love, and it doesn't quite add up.
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.
The kind of domestic psychodrama that may have resonated on stage but proves pretentious and hermetical here, after some initial tension.
The cross-pollination makes for some nice-looking scenes. Ultimately, though, there's a crop failure.
Audience Reviews for Tom at the Farm
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.
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.
Tom at the Farm Quotes
|Tom:||All I can do without you is replace you.|
|Francis:||Cologne is for weddings, not funerals.|
|Tom:||You don't go till you set things straight.|
|Tom:||We were friends. I didn't know he had a brother.|
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