God’s Own Country

Drawing inevitable comparisons to Brokeback Mountain, GOD’S OWN COUNTRY is very much its own boy-meets-boy story, rooted in its specific landscape: the livestock farms of Yorkshire in northern England. Twentysomething Johnny (a superb Josh O’Connor) feels trapped in this simultaneously bleak and stunning rural life, and his jackass behavior lets everybody know it. But when migrant Romanian farmhand Gheorghe (soulful Alec Secareanu) arrives, something in Johnny starts to stir…. Writer-director Francis Lee, drawing from his own background, teases out what happens next in sparing, meticulous moments that are as uncompromising with the characters as is the world they inhabit. What a joy and a privilege to see GOD’S OWN COUNTRY through Lee’s lens.  —YSM

 

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