God's Own Country

God's Own Country

Streaming Video - 2017
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Johnny Saxby 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 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.
Topical Term: Gay men
Streaming video
Publisher: [United States] : Samuel Goldwyn Films, LLC, 2017
Branch Call Number: eVIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 104 min.)) : sd., col
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Nov 07, 2018

Great film, but I suggest watching with closed captions on, the accents are a bit rough to handle.

Sep 24, 2018

NO Closed Caption.
These people have no ability to pronunciate, so there is no way to know what they are saying!

Jul 29, 2018

Based on others' reviews, I had high hopes for this film. However, I really struggled with Johnny appearing not to have any redeeming qualities whatsoever. The film did not do enough to convince me by the end that there was any kind of happy future ahead of them.

Jul 08, 2018

In my opinion, this is the best LGBT movie ever made and as a love story, equals any depicting a man and a woman. But you do not need to trust me, as this movie has received many legitimate awards (e.g. Sundance, BAFTA) for writing, directing and acting.

In brief, God's Own Country has:
* an extremely well written, unpretentious script in which we are given the privilege of watching two men fall in love = spot on story telling that is realistic and believable.
* Characters that we really get to know and care about (It's impossible not to fall in love with Gheorghe)
* Daniel Day caliber (stellar/brilliant) acting
* Gorgeous and haunting cinematography that actually helps tell the story
* A hopeful, life affirming ending (almost unprecedented for a movie about gay men)

Much of the story is told through actions and expressions rather than words. This movie demands you're complete attention. Then words are used, they can be difficult to understand. The locals speak a Yorkshire dialect. However, most of the dialogue that moves the story is understandable. I found the dialect easier to understand after watching the movie a couple of times. (The script is available at "Springfield Springfield.co.uk.) I also found that the use of the dialect is one of the details that grounds the film in reality and makes it believable.

As mentioned above, this movie is first and foremost a love story. Johnny (Josh O'Connor) is a person who is completely out of touch with his emotions. In meeting Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), he matures and learns how to love and be loved. Everything in this movie is about his journey and Gheorghe's efforts to help Johnny on this path - not out of altruism, but because he loves Johnny and he wants Johnny to accept and return his love.

The sex scenes are critical to depicting Johnny's emotional growth. The more 'graphic' scenes are devoid of passion on purpose because they are used to illustrate Johnny's immature attitude towards sex as an act used only to satisfy his urges. The partner might not as well exist. The 'sex' scenes that are most passionate and sensuous are the scenes where Johnny and Gheorghe are kissing and touching each other.

The pace of the film seems slow at first. I am not sure if the pace picked up, but the emotional onslaught did. I found myself barely absorbing and recovering from one scene before the next scene started. On my subsequent viewings, I was more able to appreciate the beginning and discover things I had missed.

By the end (for as many times as I have watched it). I have found myself unsuccessfully trying to hold back tears.

If you can handle the subject matter, I highly recommend that you see this movie.

Jul 01, 2018

This is a great movie, well written and directed. If you check out the critical reviews of this film, when it was showing at film festivals around the world, you'll see that was well received. The actors were sent to farm school bootcamp for a couple of weeks to learn how to do the scenes involving the animals, so no stunt double for those scenes! It's a gay themed movie, but has lots to offer to anyone who has ever known loneliness, or grew up in a family that is incapable of expressing love. Fortunately, there is a positive outcome in this story. You may need the CC for some of the Yorkshire accent and slang ...

Jun 15, 2018

I did not watch the whole movie. I could not relate to the characters. This is a movie about a homosexual male, living with his grandmother looking after the family farm, drinking, picking up strangers in the bars, etc. It was not what I expected but may appeal to others.

May 14, 2018

It can be easy to be inclined to compare this film to Brokeback Mountain, but this film stands on its own merit. The struggling characters are authentic even if sometimes it is difficult to understand the dialogue. Hang in there...be patient...connecting ain't easy no matter who you are.

LPL_MeredithW May 12, 2018

Gorgeous visuals and strong performances carry this thoughtful, tender love story. Highly recommended!

Apr 22, 2018

As a documentary on rural farm practices in northern England Francis Lee’s movie is fascinating as he films the actors actually assisting in live births or else tending to the sick and dying. However, as an unlikely rural love story all those windswept hills and “Inspirational Moments” melodies failed to convince me while the simulated sex was as devoid of passion as the simulated heartbreak. I didn’t care much for this story back when it was called "Brokeback Mountain" and if anything this redux is even less engaging. The little lamb was cute though.

Jan 29, 2018

Awesome acting, beautiful story. Saw it twice at the theater.


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