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561 Ratings

God's Own Country

Directed by Francis Lee
United Kingdom, 2017
Drama, Romance, LGBT+


Springtime in Yorkshire: isolated young sheep farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

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God's Own Country Directed by Francis Lee
Its look is especially important considering the shortage of dialogue—I’m always confused by what people mean when they liken a contemporary film to a silent film, but I’d imagine this is as close as one can get in earnest without creating an overt pastiche. Some of the outdoor scenes are reminiscent of Victor Sjöström’s THE WIND, the beautiful men and their muted romance magnificently small against the glorious terrain, worthy of the titular nomenclature.
January 26, 2018
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At its heart, God’s Own Country is an intensely full-throttle, grand love story and a coming-of-age parable in which an emotionally stunted boy finds his path to manhood eased through the tenderness and care of a lover. In a coda that underlines Lee’s love for his habitat and his people the movie erupts into golden rapture with real-life footage of a bunch of boys laughing in a flatbed truck as their families pitch in to bale hay. Isn’t it romantic?
October 26, 2017
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It’s a tricky movie, but not in a way that’s dishonest. Its first feet are in the school of miserablist realism, and while director Lee never abandons his things-as-they-are approach, he tells a love story by letting magic in at unusual angles. Most of which involve, yes, God’s own country, a ravishing landscape captured beautifully by the cinematography of Joshua James Williams. The land can be contended with, inhabited, but it can’t ever be tamed, is what the images tell us.
October 25, 2017
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