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on 9 May 2017
A rather self indulgent film that does more to demonstrate cinematographic technique than actually be the pyschological thriller it is labelled as, overall rather a waste of effort on their part and mine for bothering to watch it.
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on 12 July 2017
The story is partly unexplained & doesn't really hang together
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 September 2015
Xavier Dolan’s fourth film in five years, 2013’s Tom At The Farm is an ambitious mix of intimate character study and brooding psychological thriller – for me, probably more successful on the former count than the latter – and continues to demonstrate the developing maturity of this most prolific talent. Based on a play by Michel Marc Bouchard, Dolan’s film once again sees him co-writing, co-producing and starring, here as the eponymous ex-boyfriend of the now deceased Guillaume, to whose family farm Tom visits in order to attend Guillaume’s funeral, only to discover his ex’s mother was totally in the dark about their relationship.

What follows is a slow-build drama as Tom is coerced by Guillaume’s arrogant brother Francis (played with convincing menace by Pierre-Yves Cardinal) into hiding from Guillaume’s mother the true nature of his relationship with her son and pretending that Guillaume had a girlfriend, Sarah. Dolan’s film works particularly well early on as a subtle portrayal of Tom’s grief (in effect, transferred to the ‘mythical’ Sarah), increasingly confused identity and his psychological and physical suffering at the hands of Francis. Latterly, though, as Sarah ('played’ by Tom’s friend) materialises on the scene to join in the game of pretence, Dolan lets the oblique plot twists and character motivations get a little out of hand. That said, Dolan’s cast perform uniformly well and there is an impressive, palpable sense of mystery and unease throughout, which is enhanced by a haunting score by Gabriel Yared and some impressive cinematography (claustrophobic interiors and stunning overhead shots of the rural surroundings) courtesy of André Turpin. In particular, the film’s closing sequence blurs dream and reality to mesmerising effect.

The film has been compared to both Hitchcock and Polanski – I would suggest the latter is more applicable since Hitchcock would not take to such obliqueness in the plotting – though I also detected hints of Michael Haneke (one of Dolan’s favourites, apparently). Dolan certainly remains one of the most intriguing young talents out there.
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on 28 August 2014
Just wanted to note for anyone interested that this disc is actually encoded Region 0, not Region 2 as listed.

The film itself may be Dolan's weakest, but that's not saying much considering he made three good-to-incredible films before this. Still well worth a look and certainly an interesting take on some familiar material.
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on 18 July 2017
GREAT Movie, Dolan exceeds his own expectations probably here!
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 12 September 2014
This is the fourth film from `Enfant terrible' and excellent film maker Xavier Dolan (he has a new one in the pipeline too called `Mommy'). He has taken the play by Michel Marc Bouchrad and made it into a screen presentation in which he stars as the Tom in the title. The plot is that he goes to an isolated farm where his ex lover had come from. He has died and Tom is there for the funeral.

When he gets there he finds that no-one knows that he and the deceased were lovers and the mother, Agathe, thinks her son was straight and with a woman called Sara. Then Tom discovers the elder brother. This is Francis and he only wants to make his mother happy; this means forcing Tom to lie about his relationship and sexuality and help out on the farm. It soon becomes quite clear that Francis is a controlling bully with a penchant for using violence to get his own way.

This film has a good brooding quality and you know from early on that things are not even in the foothills of normal. Dolan is believable in the lead role but Pierre- Yves Cardinal as Francis is absolutely, frighteningly brilliant - a superb piece of casting. The film can seem a bit slow to start but as with all good things it does pay to wait and the plot does thicken to the point where it has an immediacy that makes this psychological thriller a very gripping watch indeed. Recommended for all fans of films that area bit left of centre - in French and a bit of English - one I can recommend.
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on 10 February 2016
I was excited to watch this movie, and I assure you it's beautifully shot and edited, filled with soul crushing scenes and complex characters, I do recommend trying it out. My main problem is that it doesn't end satisfyingly. There were many story elements that felt like they were building up to something but it seems to go nowhere. Maybe I'm missing something, but it was a little lacking.
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on 19 May 2015
Missing his deceased partner and somehow being attracted to his brother who reminded him of his dead lover is what kept him there, but realising without giving to much of this movie away it was not meant to be.
Then you have the mother, pretend girlfriend of the deceased and the abusive brother ( Francis) from which it became apparent had his own issues around his sexuality because I think he seemed to develop feelings towards Tom , that obviously bothered him due to the fact that he was extremely homophobic that's why he tended to be nasty and abusive towards him , but then at other times he would be gentle and what to engage with him ( Hence the Tango scene in the barn) all the while asking him to stay. This was a thought provoking movie the acting was superb especially Xavier Dolan I could feel his pain, longing and disappointment at the realisation that Francis was not going to change and would only continue to add to his mental , physical and psychological torture.
This movie might not be to everyone's taste , but I really enjoy it.
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on 21 August 2014
When it was over I wondered what was that all about, something to make sense of all that had happened would have been good.I read a review of the book/play and got the sense more was revealed there than here, might be wrong. But just as a movie this didn't do it for me I would have liked to understand the characters more, and their motivation particularly the gay guy .That said it was well made.
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on 27 November 2014
Xavier Dolan is brillant. It's daring, emotionnal The relationships are complex and deeply rooted. Some images and moments are unforgettable.
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