Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme), 2013
Signed up the 29/03/2017
Tom at the Farm, is a 2013 Canadian film directed by Xavier Dolan. The film stars Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal and Lisa Roy in lead roles.
The film follows Tom (Dolan) who goes to the farmlands to attend the funeral of boyfriend Guillaume, there he finds the boyfriends family who were unaware of Guillaume’s sexuality, although the brother knew.
[Insert shooketh_gif] the film is an intense journey with Tom into the family’s weird world. The longer he stays at the farm the more deeper he goes down the rabbit hole filled with lies, grief, mind games, drugs and alcohol.
The film is one of the best exploration of grief and the effects that death has on those who remain living. The characters in film seem to be carrying some sort of guilt with them, especially Tom who is so burdened by the guilt of being unable to save his love makes him vulnerable to the abusive and homophobic coercions of Guillaume’s brother Francis (Pierre).
The score helps sets Tom’s isolation on the farm and also gives us a beautiful insight on the dangers the lurks on the farm, the atmosphere is raw and unsettling as if at any moment a knife wielding villain will show up to murder everyone.
The film from the first act builds this homoerotic tones which finally explode in the third and final act but not in a way that one would expect. Everything comes together in ways in which many films fail at. Tom at the Farm is beautifully stylish, gorgeously exciting, a huge ass allegory for internalized homophobia and deeply personal case of grief and loss, and I would say forgiveness.
Dolan is able to bring through the creepy and unnerving nature of the film with his use of the colour green, the different shades of it either gross us out, or portray injury internally or externally , with help of his tight close up’s and extreme close ups help us feel more closed in and unable to escape like Tom. The use of the other colours bring through the compelling and sexy nature of the homoerotica, with its vintage aesthetic that would make cool kids crave to be Tom, Dolan was somehow able to make the violence sexy and not off putting. Xavier showed another side of homophobia in which one rarely sees on screen, the smartly abusive side of it. A brilliant addition to queer cinema.
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