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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Delightfully small in scale, but wide in heart as a metaphorical Winter thaws into Spring with themes of inarticulate taciturnity giving to way to nurture and acceptance. The control of tempo and emotion is well modulated with a generally spare, truthful eye for detail (despite a seemingly plentiful supply of casual sex in a remote location). A rewarding miniature (an assured directorial debut too).
Una película sólida. Impecablemente dirigida con atmósferas rurales llenas de autenticidad y estupendas interpretaciones. Quizás lo único que le resta fuerza es que se nota demasiado la influencia de Brokeback Mountain. Hay escenas y planos casi calcados.
Just at 3, with elements of a great movie, but it depends very heavily on familiar beats for unknown reasons. Why follow that structure when you're clearly capable of rich characterizations and nice cinematography (pushily Andrea Arnoldesque but commendable). O'Conner's performance defies expectations and will probably have me watching it again. Calls Malick out - this is what it's really like to be with "beasts".
On the plus side, the film is a pleasant experience, if very predictable.
This is also a film where a discarded condom on the ground is a plot event though everyone has been having unprotected sex since the beginning and where a self destroying local savage is tamed by a perfect and competent foreigner (hero when Brexit?). The photography is nearly great, but focus is often off and DOF often counterproductive.