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God's Own Country

God's Own Country

2017
Romance, Drama
1h 44m
Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. (imdb)
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God's Own Country

2017
Romance, Drama
1h 44m
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Avg Percentile 61.78% from 343 total ratings

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Rated 27 Jan 2018
90
85th
I greatly appreciate when queer romances like this overturn the trope of negating queer love, or the re-closeting of it, by the end of the movie. This film manages to be a visceral display of passion and tenderness without erasing the difficulties of adapting to an oppressively "straight" world. The deft filmmaking here is nuanced, with beautiful juxtapositions of domesticity, sparseness, and birth mirroring the initial isolation of Johnny, the taming of his rage, and eventual self-acceptance.
Rated 04 Feb 2018
55
32nd
Well made, but the setting is the only thing that makes it stand out among other LGBT films. The two lead characters are by no means unique, and ultimately not very interesting. As a result, it feels like many other before it, and it doesn't hold a candle to other bigger gay films like Brokeback or A Single Man. It's still worth a watch but definitely overrated. There are plenty of lower budget LGBT films that deserve more praise than this one.
Rated 18 Jan 2018
65
24th
It's quite sexy and all, but also fairly limp and lifeless. This sort of minimal character-building works well if there's an engaging story being told through such characters, but this film should've filled them out instead as it now has a minimal story supported by minimal characters. It ends up being a mood piece with some nice low-budget imagery and scenery that certainly builds up something, but not an interesting story.
Rated 02 Sep 2017
90
94th
This film is really impressive. Taught, repressed relationships and touching, lovely, genuine moments in equal measure. A haunting portrait of masculinity. By 'ek its right grim up north,
Rated 28 Jan 2018
75
82nd
Raw, rough and also unashamedly romantic, just like its two leads, God's Own Country has really been the catharsis of 2017 for me.
Rated 11 Dec 2017
80
74th
A raw and powerful film which instantly gets its hooks into you through its barren landscapes and initially simplistic characters. Characters who, as they unfold, become so realistic, identifiable, and relatable. The setup is a bit like Brokeback Mountain moved to the Yorkshire dales, and creates almost as touching an imbalanced relationship based on animal passion as the American film. The lead actor (British lad) gives an incredible performance. Maybe the best use of lack of dialogue in 2017?
Rated 03 Dec 2017
100
91st
Beautiful. Super acting from lead actors. Tender. Tearjerker. Sheep. Gorgeous Romanian farmer. Top quality British Movie.
Rated 11 Apr 2017
50
3rd
It was fine, in the long list of Sundanese films I have seen that are "fine".
Rated 21 Jun 2018
8
87th
Like a West Yorkshire take on Brokeback Mountain. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I am also certainly biased in that it was filmed in and around my home town.
Rated 06 Sep 2017
68
56th
The use of Yorkshire dialect is over-cooked somewhat -- it feels like a frequent, repeated attempt to remind you of the setting, which really isn't necessary, possibly even to unsubtly hint at some stereotypes -- and maybe one or two details don't quite ring true (an early scene outside a cattle market being a good example) but there's little fault to find otherwise.
Rated 13 Sep 2017
8
92nd
A film where the setting is key and the cinematography is beautiful. A moving story about the loneliness of farming life and the acceptance of change.
Rated 05 Dec 2017
3
40th
Vackra miljöer, truliga människor, gott skådespeleri, men lite tunn story. Och inte vet jag som herero, men bilden av homosex som nån slags brottningsmatch ger en rätt hög risk att bryta ryggen där uppe på berget.
Rated 12 Sep 2018
77
72nd
the film shows how to create a good ambient with the delicate use of few dialogues and long silence. it shows how to create well-paced character development. it shows how to create sexual tension by shifting the narrative voice between two lads.
Rated 30 Dec 2019
89
34th
The movie captured perfectly the loneliness and coldness of farm life (at least, the farm where this movie was shot). The dragging story added to the film's humdrum. The best part was the reignition of friendship betweent the 2 lead actors, especially when Johnny started crying with remorse while admitting his failings to regain the trust & love of a true friend. That moment was superb! My SCORING: 99-96=Great; 95-90=Very good; 89-85=Good; 84-80=So-so; 79-70=Boring; Below 70=Forget it.
Rated 09 Nov 2018
0
5th
Oh great. Now we have another gay film for country folk which uses all the same low-intellect tropes as the 20 or 30 other gay films that came before. I'm surprised it didn't win six Oscars.
Rated 22 Jan 2019
65
46th
more happy endings to shape our collective imagination! what would the future be like if we had only "realism style" gay stories?
Rated 22 May 2021
4
65th
Very fresh. Some scenes were quite intense for my taste.
Rated 02 Nov 2023
65
25th
Enjoyable if you're into queer romance, and commendable for its attempt to be something different than the usual story of this genre - the focus on farm life and the commentary on the decay of rural communities are interesting. However, the romance itself is missing true emotional depth, and I felt like these caracters were falling in love out of desperation more than out of a deeper connection.

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