Here’s not one. not two but three GwP alumni shouting about why Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm is amazing.
Gorgeous, twisty, disconcerting, and moody, Tom at the Farm is not quite the masterpiece found in the form of Laurence Anyways, but it is a relentlessly suspenseful kink on an increasingly underserved genre that proves Dolan to be one of the most impressive working filmmakers in the world today.
Laurence Barber – follow Laurence on Twitter at @bortlb.
Blake Howard – follow Blake on Twitter here: @blakeisbatman and listen to legacy audio reviews on That Movie Show 2UE here or on top-rating film podcast Pod Save Our Screen, available now on iTunes.
Tom at the Farm is a film I may never fully comprehend; Tom and Francis are characters I don’t understand and find impossible to relate to. But, there is tension present in every frame of this formally playful film from the Quebecois prodigy.
Xavier Dolan’s ‘Farm Games’. Haneke’s nightmarish masterpiece is the perhaps its closest relative. A tense, prickly cornfield of suppressed emotions, desires and secrets, a turbulent concoction of destructive guilt, oppressive masculinity and Stockholm syndrome. Twists emerge with wild abandon. You’ll be hooked by the opening scene and intrigued by the plot revelations. Then it goes places you likely won’t expect. Too far for some, no doubt, but it may be Dolan’s most impressive work yet.
Andrew Buckle – follow Andy on Twitter here: @buckle22