Xavier Dolan’s Mommy was one of last year’s unlikely sleeper hits, a well-crafted, difficult, and often divisive familial drama that had its share of both champions and detractors, but, at the very least, confirmed that the 26-year-old Canadian filmmaker/wunderkind is a filmmaker of real skill. And, as with this year’s long-delayed US release of Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly, a new indie hit can mean a dip into the back catalog, which is why Dolan’s Tom at the Farm will hit U.S. indie houses this summer (two years after the rest of the world saw it).
In style and genre, it seems a markedly different experience than Mommy, with Dolan (who also stars) trying his hand at a visceral, psychological thriller. But the picture also looks to have much of the discomforting sexual subtext that made Mommy so memorable, and more than a little disturbing imagery to boot. Here’s the new trailer:
Tom at the Farm hits US screens on August 14.