God's Own Country
Wednesday January 17th at 9:10 PMEvent Website
Francis Lee · UK · 2017 · 104 mins · 14A
WINNER OF 4 BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS including BEST FILM, BEST ACTOR (Josh O'Connor), and BEST DEBUT SCREENWRITER!
Sex, sheep, silences and small steps towards a happier life define this confident and authentic British indie debut which tells of a young farmer’s romantic awakening on the windswept Yorkshire Moors. Johnny (Josh O’Connor, a terrific performance) is not a happy soul. He lives with his sick dad (Ian Hart) and gran (Gemma Jones), and struggles to keep the family farm going. Change comes with the arrival of Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), a robust migrant worker from Romania. ‘Are you half-Paki?’ asks Johnny, before playing out that age-old ritual of aggression preceding something more tender. There’s an earthy, unembarrassed sex scene in the mud, something raw and real. Writer-director Francis Lee has drawn on his own farming background. It’s a gently romantic film, but it’s never pretty. It unfolds under grey, blustery spring skies; as lambs emerge blinking and unsteady into the world, so too does this young man’s nervous, raw sexuality. --Time Out London"A FINELY CRAFTED PIECE OF CINEMA." indieWire"IT'S A FILM TO PRIZE." Village VoiceCast Josh O'Connor, Gemma Jones, Harry Lister Smith
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