“God’s Own Country” Review

15 September, 2017

Director: Francis Lee
Screenwriter: Francis Lee
Director of Photography: Joshua James Richards
Cast: 
Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones

Synopsis: A resentful man who turns to alcoholism to escape the demands of rural living finds a new lease of life when a migrant worker comes to assist on his father’s farm.

God’s Own Country Review:

Embedded deep in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside, “God’s Own Country” contrasts the life-cycle of the land with a delightfully rustic romance, pummelling its taciturn drama against the throes of nature while a relationship blossoms under the watchful eye of Mother Earth. Aloof yet silently tender, the film shies away from plain conversation, turning scattered insults into a passion strewn across bleak landscape as a “Brokeback Mountain” scuffle leads to the locking of lips within the sludge of a virile grassland.

Sumptuous in more ways than one, Francis Lee’s feature film debut is a family melodrama with a twist, surrounded by graphic metaphors relating to every facet of human existence yet subtle in a way rarely seen in the depiction of same-sex romance. Unable to express itself adequately through words, the movie waits for its stags to lock horns, creating a bitter struggle between sparring lovers in scenes gruffly realised yet deeply and tenderly romantic, tossing unmet glances before peeling away layers of reluctance and unmet affection.


Framed by love scenes but never defined by momentary follies, “God’s Own Country” teaches a reserved man how to love in the arms of a compassionate foreigner, alluding to something far deeper as prejudice dissipates to reveal nothing but pure devotion between two strangers. Overcoming its hangover aesthetic to explore something far richer than intoxicated joy, the film roots for its own protagonists, concluding with the kind of hushed acceptance that one finds only in a calm and collected art piece with little interest in confining itself to words and words alone.

 

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