Tom at the Farm
Canada, France, 2013, 105 minutes
What you don't know WILL hurt you.
Tom at the Farm Synopsis

Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for a funeral. There, he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is, nor who he was to the deceased, whose brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family’s name and grieving mother, Tom now has to play the peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his “trip” to the farm. Long ways, long lies... Set in Quebec’s rural panorama, this psychological thriller centres on the ever-growing gap between city and country and the oppositive nature of men who live there. Stockholm syndrome, deception, grief and secretive savageries pervade this brief and brutal pilgrimage through the warped and ugly truth

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Reviewed by yasminomar
Dolan claims that he had never seen a Hitchcock film before making Tom at the farm, a somewhat dubious assertion given the strong resonances of Psycho and North by Northwest... more
Dolan claims that he had never seen a Hitchcock film before making Tom at the farm, a somewhat dubious assertion given the strong resonances of Psycho and North by Northwest that punctuate this psychological thriller. The film is an adaptation of Marc-Bouchard’s play that sees Tom struggle to come to terms with the death of his lover, Guillaume. Amidst a dreary, desaturated landscape, unsettling ties are forged between Tom and Guillaume’s family members, who are all seeking to replace the departed. What most struck me about Tom at the farm was the disturbing relationship between the protagonist and Guillaume’s brother, Francis, which incongruously bears witness to both gentleness and extreme violence. Scenes implicating these two characters are replete with homoerotic tension and harbour a palpable air of Stockholm Syndrome. Dolan makes no apologies for dominating Tom at the farm (directing, starring, editing and writing the feature). In what has to be one of the best Twitter put-downs ever, the filmmaker told ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ that they could “kiss his narcissistic ass.” Well played.
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