Elena is a single mother who relies on Social Services. Her son Tom has behavioral issues and is stigmatized at school as a “problem child” in the border city of El Paso, Texas. An absent father further complicates their difficult relationship. Tom is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescribed psychiatric medication, but a strange accident alerts his mother as to its side effects. When Elena refuses to continue administering the drugs to Tom, Social Services threaten to remove him from her custody.
“The Other Tom tackles a thorny issue with empathy and understanding, girded at all times by Julia Chávez and Israel Rodríguez’s deeply naturalistic performances.” – Flickering Myth
“A compelling drama about a single mother and her hiperactive son. Great acting, incisive screenplay.” – Cine Vertigo
“An empathetic film that exposes the problems of a system with no interest or tools to support its population.” – La Estatuilla