Jesse Taylor (jessetaylor25)Toronto
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TIFF: Film #10
Over the past few years, Xavier Dolan has become one of the most intriguing names in cinema. In 2009, I got to see his fascinating debut film I Killed My Mother at TIFF. That film established him as one of Canada's premier queer artists and since then Dolan has made two other great films (Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways).
Tom at the Farm is Dolan's fourth feature. He has been spitting out film after film and he is only getting better - honing not only his directorial skills, but his editing techniques. Last year's Laurence Anyways was a beautiful yet overlong transgender drama that felt bloated and overindulgent at times. With this film, Dolan proved that he can still feed into his stylish flair without the colossal running time. Tom is a tidier, sleeker production; Dolan understands how to make a genre film and executes it extremely well.
The mood of the film is consistent throughout as a result of not only Dolan's newfound restraint, but due to the excellent use of music. A great thriller almost always has a haunting score and this film is no exception. Gabriel Yared's composition is like a character of its own; it's always there creeping up on you. It's also worth noting that that film features two excellent songs that set up and close the film perfectly (a French rendition of "The Windmills of Your Mind" and Rufus Wainwright's "Going to a Town"). Haunting stuff that will stick with you for a long while after the film finishes.