God's Own Country
God's Own Country (2017)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 25, 2017
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, God's Own Country marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

A rigorously naturalistic drama that yields stirring performances from the collision between taciturn demeanors and roiling emotional undercurrents.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

For a film that's just got going, it's decidedly full-on. But it's worth sticking with if you liked Brokeback Mountain. Because this is basically Brokeback Mountain comes to Yorkshire.

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Jude Dry
indieWire

There will be many people who see themselves in the furtive glances and mud-covered kisses from which "God's Own Country" weaves its harsh but hopeful narrative, and they will do so while witnessing a finely crafted piece of cinema.

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Guy Lodge
Variety

Skipping some of the more predictable narrative obstacles we've come to expect from the coming-out drama, this sexy, thoughtful, hopeful film instead advances a pro-immigration subtext that couldn't be more timely ...

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Jim Schembri
3AW

Though the film is being widely compared to Brokeback Mountain, writer/director Francis Lee actually creates a far more believable and sympathetic scenario.

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Dan Callahan
TheWrap

It feels like the camera is gawking at them rather than joining them, and so all semblance of reality and of the necessary awkwardness of getting their clothes off vanishes. And so too does any real eroticism.

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Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

The actors bring the authenticity of first love to the screen in a way that is exceedingly rare for any movie, Hollywood or otherwise.

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Anwen Crawford
Australian Book Review

[Francis] Lee allows more optimism into his film, including the suggestion that agriculture itself might still have a future in England.

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