TOM AT THE FARM (French: Tom à la ferme) is a psychological thriller directed by Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways), based on a play written by Michel Marc Bouchard. It was screened in the main competition section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.
The story follows Tom (Dolan) who has travelled to the countryside to attend the funeral of his lover, Guillaume. There he meets Agathe (Lise Roy), Guillaume’s mother, who welcomes him despite the fact that they’ve never met and he’s just let himself in. Later that evening, Tom is confronted by Guillaume’s older brother Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal). Francis is a monstrous embodiment of rural machismo — and ferociously repressed — and his behaviour is so far outside propriety he’s even shunned by other homophobes. Gradually, it becomes clear to Tom that Francis may not let him leave.
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