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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.
This enigmatic little film says it all in razor-sharp closeups and minimal words
Francis Lee's debut is a lean micro-narrative that largely succeeds in its small scale, though the lead characters are frustratingly undeveloped.
Themes of pride, shame and reluctant humility underpin the love story at hand to create a rich commentary on relationships.
The compelling narrative matches the plausible scenario and the actors remain sober in their roles.
Sexual liberation and societal acceptance are both put on the backburner in Francis Lee's film, as O'Connor and Secareanu's riveting performances frame the murky landscape of the countryside.
Francis Lee shapes the story so tenderly and poetically, and actors Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu generate huge pathos with two exceptionally well-judged performances.
It's great we are getting to a place where queer characters no longer have to be tragic or outcasts. However, let's still make them interesting.
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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