Bilingual Theatrics of Identity and Grief in “Tom à la Ferme” by Michel Marc Bouchard

Last year at the Milwaukee Festival of Films in French, I saw Tom à la ferme (Tom on the Farm), the new Xavier Dolan flick at the time. I enjoy the sharp visual appeal and colorful, intimate light of Dolan’s directorial style, and this was no exception. The previews made the movie look like something akin to Louis … More Bilingual Theatrics of Identity and Grief in “Tom à la Ferme” by Michel Marc Bouchard

“The Knight and His Shadow” by Boubacar Boris Diop (translated by Alan Furness)

A woman answers an ad for work. The ad is vague, stating simply that the job is part-time and well-paid. She goes to the appointed place, a house in a wealthy residential area. Once there, she’s met by a security guard, who escorts her inside and leaves her alone for a while. He returns and … More “The Knight and His Shadow” by Boubacar Boris Diop (translated by Alan Furness)