Tom at the Farm is a psychological thriller about a young, gay Montreal man (Xavier Dolan) who travels to rural Canada for an ex-boyfriend's funeral, where he finds himself staying with the deceased's family. Although it received positive reviews when it was the Venice Film Festival two years ago, the gay-themed film only recently got distribution.
"I think it's his most commercial film by far," Amplify's CCO Dylan Marchetti told Variety. "I don't know what everyone else was thinking. It's smart, it's sexy, it's oddly dark. Audiences are going to respond."
The graphic film will not be submitted for an MPAA rating. After the success of the gay film director's Mommy at Cannes, many more audiences are now aware of his strong, LGBT-themed independent films.
"It's hard to say in a fully modest way, but I was truly puzzled as to how exactly Tom at the Farm never landed distribution in the U.S.," Dolan said in a statement. "To me, it was by far my most accessible film. I mean, it's a 90-minute psychological thriller, and it's sort of gory, but then very conventional too. I'm obviously psyched that Amplify Releasing has taken Tom under their wing. But the topic remains truly relevant -- can intolerance and psychological violence ever be dull? And I'm proud to know the American public will be able to see it. And hopefully, like it."
Dolan's next film is It's Only the End of the World (Juste La Fin Du Monde), starring Marion Cotillard.
The French-language film Tom at the Farmdebuts Aug. 14 in theaters and on VOD platforms. Watch the trailer below: