Orphan Black) makes an appearance as a steel-eyed, flirty colleague of Tom's.
Dolan's first three films were all character-driven dramas, and that's also true of Tom at the Farm. However, while I Killed My Mother (2009), Heartbeats (2010) and Laurence Anyways (2012) all work at least partly in the romance genre, Tom skews off in a different, darker direction. It takes unexpected turns into thriller territory. Without ever going all-out to become a horror movie, it is at times a truly scary film and as such marks a real departure for Dolan. There's a coldness at the heart of Tom at the Farm that distances it from the director's earlier work. There are none of the transcendent uses of pop music that fans have come to expect. It may lack the visual splendour of Laurence Anyways, but there's something to be said for the change of pace Tom offers. It's a very difficult film, one which has no easy method of dissection, other than to say that it is a tense, upsetting story delivered with real nous and artistry.