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God’s Own Country
DIRECTOR Francis Lee
CAST Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart
A superb British debut which charts an unsentimental but intense relationship between two farmers in the Yorkshire Pennines.
A wonderfully performed and impressively unsentimental story of love and longing in the Yorkshire Pennines. Young sheep farmer Johnny numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe for lambing season ignites an intense relationship. This is one of the best British films of the year, broodingly beautiful in its portrayal of rural life and the search for love and intimacy.
(2017 UK 105 mins)
Under battered Yorkshire skies, with grime beneath its nails and soil clodding up the treads of its boots, Francis Lee’s outstanding feature debut God’s Own Country is a work of rough-hewn alchemy. But instead of gold, from the muck and straw it spins a thrillingly real story of gay love. It will inevitably invite comparisons with Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain — at times it almost actively courts them — but seldom has a film or its characters felt less derivative. In any case, this isn’t only a love story. It is also an immigrant tale and an unflinching portrait of rural farm life where the war between tradition and change is bitter and has real casualties.
Jessica Kiang, BBC
BBFC advice: Contains strong sex and language
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