God's Own Country

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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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Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family's remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny's life forever.

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Josh O'Connor
as Johnny Saxby
Alec Secareanu
as Gheorghe Ionescu
Gemma Jones
as Deidre Saxby
Ian Hart
as Martin Saxby
Harry Lister Smith
as Trainee Auctioneer

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Critic Reviews for God's Own Country

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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.

Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

But O'Connor and Secareanu give such aching performances that their romance feels real.

Nov 15, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Combining gritty realism with poignancy, the result is a film that is exceptionally moving.

Nov 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This enigmatic little film says it all in razor-sharp closeups and minimal words

Nov 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for God's Own Country

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.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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