Those in the U.S. will finally get a shot to see the lone Xavier Dolan film that still has your humble narrator a little confused.
While Dolan's new film — "It's Only the End of the World" with Léa Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, and Vincent Cassel — is being filmed now in Montréal, U.S. film buffs will get a chance to see "Tom at the Farm," the director's 4th film.
The U.S. film distributor Amplify will run a simultaneous limited and VOD release on August 14.
"Tom at the Farm" is Dolan's homage to Alfred Hitchcock. Dolan plays Tom, who visits his boyfriend Guillaume's family after he dies and finds out his family didn't know about Guillaume's sexual orientation or Tom.
Tom meets Francis, the older brother, and his boyfriend's mom, Agathe.
Most of the psychological drama centers around Tom and Francis, and why Tom stays in a rather awkward circumstance. While Dolan's other films are very urban, the contrast between urban and rural adds drama to the plot.
Seeing the film again might answer a few questions, none of which I will spoil for those who haven't seen the film.
"Orphan Black" fans will recognize Evelyne Brochu as Tom's friend Sarah. And Brochu speaks French the whole time.
Dolan's success of "Mommy" and his subsequent deals to do a film with French actors and another with American actors definitely paved the way for "Tom at the Farm" to hit the U.S. market. Hopefully, these films will open the market for filmgoers to see Dolan's more Quebec films.
The Hitchcockian homage will make this film a little more accessible to a U.S. audience, at least for those who can deal with subtitles. The U.S. trailer incorporates a lot of Brochu to no one's surprise, given her "Orphan Black" connection.
The audience might be surprised that besides being an amazing director and writer, Dolan is also a good actor. He stars in his first 2 films but if some U.S. filmgoers are starting with this film, this would be their first view of him onscreen.
Do not let my past takes on the film discourage you from seeing this film. "Tom at the Farm" is well-done for what it is trying to accomplish, perhaps too good for your humble narrator.
For those of us concerned about Dolan's new direction, this is your chance to see one of Dolan's truly Quebec films.
Whether this is your 1st or 5th Xavier Dolan film, take a chance on the film. After all, you might be able to explain the film à moi.
video credit: YouTube/Amplify Releasing