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Tom at the Farm(Tom à la ferme)

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France, Canada

2013

1h 45m

Director Xavier Dolan

Starring Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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A young man travels to an isolated farm for his lover's funeral where he's quickly drawn into a twisted, sexually charged game by his lover's aggressive brother.

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80

Time Out London by

It’s taut, creepy, compelling and sexy. And, apart from the location, it’s very much a Dolan film, focused on people testing the limits of their love for each other – and themselves.
77

Film.com by David Ehrlich

If Tom at the Farm is occasionally impenetrable as a drama, it’s seldom less than gripping as an exercise in suspense, especially when Dolan’s precise sense of timing revitalizes otherwise familiar moments.
50

The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Less time spent fetishizing his own image and more on building credible character dynamics and psychological complexity might have helped make this film the dramatic equal of its technical craftsmanship.
80

Variety by Guy Lodge

It’s an improbably exciting match of knife-edge storytelling and a florid vintage aesthetic best represented by Gabriel Yared’s glorious orchestral score.
60

Total Film by James Mottram

It’s wildly melodramatic, typified by the ear-assaulting score. But there’s something compelling about Dolan’s supreme self-confidence, even when misplaced. He takes risks – and that’s attractive.
88

Slant Magazine by Matt Brennan

Its allegory for internalized homophobia, a gay man's perilous attraction to straightness itself, seems in this case deeply persona.
75

Observer by Rex Reed

Don’t miss Tom at the Farm, the latest controversy in the oeuvre of acclaimed French-Canadian actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan, who has been labeled the “enfant terrible of queer cinema.”

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