Tom at the Farm boasts an atmospheric, Bernard Herrmann-like score from Gabriel Yared – but the movie doesn't live up to its music.
The young French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan, who also stars as Tom, shows visual flair but seems uncertain whether he is making a gay psycho-drama, a thriller or a study in bereavement. Tom is in the countryside for the funeral of his boyfriend.
The boyfriend's psychotic brother Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) terrorises him and insists he keep up the fiction that the dead man was straight.
Tom seems to relish being menaced by Francis – one key reason why the film lacks a real sense of menace or conviction.