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).
Well done, well-paced, heartfelt. Thoughtful tale of an angry young man learning to be at peace with himself, and to articulate his needs to others. Some nice moments of reconciliation with the father. Too bad Brexit will screw up their lives in the end, despite whatever goat cheese empire they start.
Alec Secareanu is very, very sexy; and the movie's nods to Brokeback Mountain are cute. But it remains a gay boy fantasy of what they'd like to be--straight boys who fall in love with straight boys. And don't get me wrong, I'll take it.
Beautiful. It's lovely to watch as Johnny and Gheorghe's relationship evolves from physical and aggressive to tender and delicate, and how a brat becomes a man. The ending is so warm, it actually made me smile. Their love for each other is palpable, and I believe any gay man can relate to this story.
P.S.: Don't try to make it what it's not. It's not about Brexit or what have you. It's a gay movie about two gay men.