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Friday, 24 October 2008

Tom Brown & Daniel Gray "t.o.m."










Today's movie link for t.o.m. is taken from The Portable Film Festival featured earlier. Made by two students from the University of Wales, Newport, Daniel Gray and Tom Brown, the movie has won a host of awards since being released in 2006. Don’t get distracted by the seeming normality of Tom's world. He’s a strange child, his obvious intellect somehow deviated from the norm. Tom is very precise about his wardrobe and breakfast. One and half pieces of toast exactly, the extra discarded on the floor. We get our other first hints of his strangeness when he places the lumps of fruit from the jam on the table. Things get more and more unhinged though as items of clothing are secreted in special places until, divested of all his apparel, he goes to school. Colourfully drawn in an impressionistic blurring of detail, the suburban scenes lull one into a false sense of security. t.o.m. is a strange movie in terms of character and motivation. It is dealing with autism though how intentional this is I have no idea. Certainly the obsessive nature of some autistic children is shown- walking on the left hand side of the road, repetitious behaviour, careful folding of clothes, focus on exact timings, speaking in a monotone and ultra logical fashion. Indeed, the script is well written in a clip, economical style particularly as delivered by Kristy Cromwell.

4 comments:

Tom said...

I'd never thought that the blob of strawberry on the table was intentionally separated and then disguarded there by tom before.

Thanks for that :)

daninski said...

What!?! The clue is in the line " I don't like lumps in jam but my nan keeps buying the lumpy one."
A la, the only jam h has has lumps in it so he's demonstratedly taken them out!

:P

daninski said...

What!?! The clue is in the line " I don't like lumps in jam but my nan keeps buying the lumpy one."
A la, the only jam h has has lumps in it so he's demonstratedly taken them out!

:P

Ian Lumsden said...

I should have known guys. He did not buy the jam, the jam had lumps, he discards the jam on the table, nothing strange about that. I'd do it myself if I ate jam. Which I don't. You make me feel old. Fancy missing that. He did get strange after that though. Didn't he?