God's Own Country (2017)
Critic Consensus: A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, God's Own Country marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.
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Director/writer Francis Lee's electrifying feature debut is a working-class, fun-house mirror version of "Call Me By Your Name's" upper-class pretensions and is equally, if not more, rewarding because of it.
But O'Connor and Secareanu give such aching performances that their romance feels real.
The film by writer-director Francis Lee, who grew up on a Yorkshire farm before turning to acting - and, later, filmmaking - is sweet, even if Johnny is not.
This is not a movie about coming out and the collateral damage that ensues. It's a universal tale about giving yourself over to love, even when you seem hopelessly broken.
Combining gritty realism with poignancy, the result is a film that is exceptionally moving.
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At first, it seems to be nothing more than a reworking of "Brokeback Mountain" in Yorkshire but then it gradually morphs into something a bit more hopeful and ultimately quite different. Both O'Connor and Secareanu give terrific performances. Nuanced but also filled with emotion.
What impressed me most in Frances Lee's haunting debut is how it is so full of affection and tells so much even when the characters say very little in their scenes together, moving us with the intensity of their growing feelings for each other in a mostly silent, restrained way.
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