God's Own Country

"A beautifully judged, unsentimental study from first time director Francis Lee." ★★★★ Guardian

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Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) is a taciturn young man, living on a Yorkshire hill farm with his father and grandmother.  It's a hard life, a dying way of life, but the family stubbornly adheres to traditional farming practices. Johnny numbs the daily frustrations of his unacknowledged homosexuality and his domineering dad with binge drinking and casual sex. But when Gheorghe, a Romanian migrant worker, is brought in to help during lambing season, it ignites an intense relationship between them that sets Johnny on a path towards recognition and independence.

This is a very finely told story, both a sensitive rites of passage tale, and a level-eyed look at our changing relationship with the land.  It's also a remarkably assured debut from first-time writer/director Francis Lee, who has coaxed outstanding performances from this strong cast.  Mention Brokeback Mountain if you like, but this tells a universal tale of other-ness within a beautiful, recognisable and challenging landscape.  


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105 mins

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