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Tom at the Farm

Tom à la Ferme

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 102 minutes | Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways, SIFF 2013) directs and stars in the title role of an ad exec crashing a country funeral. There, his dead lover’s brother initiates a macabre game of role-play to protect the family.

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After creating a kaleidoscopic trilogy of films on impossible love (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, and Laurence Anyways), provocateur Xavier Dolan's new film marks a daring change in direction. Tom, a young ad executive, travels to the country for his lover's funeral, only to discover that the deceased's mother has no knowledge of him or of his relationship with her son. However, Francis, the dead man's handsome, dangerous brother is privy to the truth and will go to great extremes to keep it silent, forcing Tom into a perverse game of deception, grief, and savagery. As Tom journeys further into this depraved world, Dolan cannily ratchets up the tension and narrows the film’s aspect ratio to convey the precariousness of Tom's situation. Aided by Gabriel Yared's florid, insistent score, Dolan employs elements of melodrama, noir, and suspense to create a kinky, psychological thriller that simultaneously explores the masculine urban/rural divide, Stockholm Syndrome, and how families are full of secrets—both the ones that they keep from each other and the ones that together they keep from the world. 

Director Biography

Born in Montreal in 1989, Xavier Dolan started his career acting and doing voice work in a number of television series and films. He attracted international attention when his debut feature, I Killed My Mother (2009), won three awards from the Director’s Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Dolan’s second and third films, Heartbeats (2010) and Laurence Anyways (2012), both competed in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored by Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles

Director: Xavier Dolan
Principal Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Évelyne Brochu, Manuel Tadros
Country: Canada (Québec), France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 102 minutes
Producer: Xavier Dolan, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert
Screenplay: Xavier Dolan, Michel Marc Bouchard, based on the play by Michel Marc Bouchard
Cinematographers: André Turpin
Editors: Xavier Dolan
Music: Gabriel Yared
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Venice Film Festival 2013 (FIPRESCI Prize), Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2014 (Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film)
Filmography: Laurence Anyways (2012); Heartbeats (2010); I Killed My Mother (2009)
Language: French
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Format: HDCAM
International Sales: MK2
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