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God's Own Country

"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." - Houston Chronicle

Toughness and tenderness duke it out in "God's Own Country," a transporting, wrenchingly acted love story set in the windswept wilds of northern England.

“Life on the family farm in Yorkshire is mostly about 'getting on with it' for young Johnny Saxby, who’s plainly miserable in God’s Own Country. His father has had a stroke so it’s up to Johnny to pick up an even larger share of the load of tending sheep and other chores until the arrival of a Romanian immigrant makes things easier and so much more complicated. Johnny drowns his sorrows in beer, weed and casual gay sex.

“Director Francis Lee, who also wrote the screenplay, lets the story unspool at a leisurely pace and he’s chosen a fine lead in Josh O’Connor as the tormented Johnny, who soon meets his match in Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu). Lee has a fine eye for the majestic Yorkshire. It’s only with Gheorge’s help that Johnny begins to perceive the stark beauty all around him.

“Combining gritty realism with poignancy, the result is a film that is exceptionally moving.” - Toronto Star

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