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God's Own Country

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United Kingdom · 2017
1h 45m
Director Francis Lee
Starring Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones
Genre Drama, Romance

Johnny Saxby, a young farmer in rural Yorkshire, numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex. His life is upended, however, by the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker. An intense relationship is sparked, and Johnny is set on a new path.

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What are people saying?

Hannah Benson Profile picture for Hannah Benson

A beautiful love story set in Yorkshire. The natural landscapes in the film truly shine and the baby lamb is adorable! Excited to see Francis Lee's next film Ammonite!

What are critics saying?


Empire by

A dig into the nature of humanity from a director already fluent in the language of brutality and tenderness. A stunning love story that in its finest moments is pure poetry.


TheWrap by Dan Callahan

Instead of making us feel that these boys are meant to be together, God’s Own Country unintentionally suggests that Gheorghe should get himself to a city where his silky dark hair, bedroom eyes and developed aesthetic sense might be far better appreciated by others.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Graced by its refreshingly frank treatment of gay sexuality, its casually expressive use of nudity, and its eloquent depiction of animal husbandry as a contrasting metaphor for the absence of human tenderness, this is a rigorously naturalistic drama that yields stirring performances from the collision between taciturn demeanors and roiling emotional undercurrents.


The Film Stage by Ed Frankl

The chemistry between these two men is inescapable, their relationship growing almost imperceptibly, composed expertly in a nuanced script by Lee and unfussily filmed by director of photography Joshua James Richards (Songs My Brothers Taught Me).


Variety by Guy Lodge

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 amid the closing borders of Brexit-era Britain.


IndieWire by Jude Dry

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.


CineVue by Patrick Gamble

An empathetic depiction of two marginalised ways of life; God's Own Country is a deeply felt romance that harnesses the primal relationship between people and place.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

This debut feature from Yorkshire-born actor and first-time director Francis Lee is tough, sensual, unsentimental, with excellent lead performances from Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu.

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