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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #81. Xavier Dolan’s Tom a la Ferme

Tom à la Ferme

Director: Xavier Dolan
Writer(s): Dolan and Michel Marc Bouchard
Producer(s): Mk2’s Charles Gillibert and Nathanaël Karmitz
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Xavier Dolan, Evelyne Brochu

Legend has it that Xavier Dolan met with the playwright directly after one of the play’s engagements (see promotional pic above) and asked to bring the film to the big screen. Fast forward a couple of seasons later and Dolan makes it his fourth feature – a departure for him as it’s an adaption for one, and that this source material wasn’t penned by him. It’ll be a nice change of pace to see the director work from material that is somewhat removed from him but yet remains in the confines of the family drama (for which Dolan excelled in with his very first feature, I Killed My Mother). Worth mentioning: the excellent actress Evelyne Brochu (Polytechnique, Café de Flore, Inch’Allah) also stars playing the same part she had in the play. Update: Caleb Landry Jones plays the role of the deceased lover.

Gist: A grieving man meets his lover’s family, who were not aware of their son’s sexual orientation.

Release Date: Cannes would appear to be the logical choice as Dolan has shown all three of his films there.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).


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