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tom à la ferme ( tom at the farm )

Xavier Dolan | 2013 | O.V. French | S.T. English | Quebec, Canada, France | 105min | color

Synopsis :

After his lover, Guillaume, passes away, Montreal adman Tom heads to the country to attend the funeral. But when he arrives, he realizes that Guillaume’s mother, Agathe, has no idea who he is, or even that her son was gay. To make matters worse, her other son Francis, who runs the family dairy farm, is doing everything he can to keep Tom from revealing the truth. A strange and dangerous game begins to unfold between the two men. With his fourth feature, Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways) navigates the troubled waters where love and death, reason and drive, honour and humiliation, mystery and turmoil, and violence and sexual desire all dwell, injecting every scene with tremendous tension. Based on the play by Michel-Marc Bouchard, who co-wrote the film, and screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Tom at the Farm is a bizarre and anxiety-provoking thriller enhanced by the performances of Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu, Pierre-Yves Cardinal and Dolan himself. Gripping.