Filmed on the Yorkshire moors, the directorial debut of Francis Lee is being hailed as the “British Brokeback” for its striking similarities to Ang Lee’s classic. (There’s even a scene that uses spit as lube.)
But several critics are hailing God’s Own Country as superior to Lee’s Oscar-winning film.
The story revolves around a lonely young sheep farmer (Josh O’Connor) who idles away the days binging on booze and having casual flings… until a Romanian migrant worker played by Alec Secareanu enters his life, making everything sexy, confusing, and really quite dramatic.
Following the film’s premiere at Sundance this year, IndieWire spilled plenty of effusive ink, gushing :
“While the commercial success of Brokeback was a milestone for gay films, many gay viewers took issue with the fate of its star-crossed lovers. Without giving too much away, God’s Own Country mostly avoids such pitfalls.”
The film’s already racked up the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Teddy Award for Best LGBT film at the Berlin International Film Festival.
As the October 27 premiere date looms, you can check out the film’s beautiful trailer below: