GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

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Starring Josh O’Connor and Alex Secareanu. Directed by Francis Lee.

Together with Call Me By Your Name, this may be one of the best films ever in the LGBT-genre. It is tender, almost wordless, gut wrenchingly emotional without getting sentimental and soul-searchingly good and directed with great sensitivity. A young Yorkshire sheep farmer (the brilliant Josh O’Connor) needs help on his remote sheep farm. Support arrives in the complex, handsome form of a Romanian migrant worker, played by Alex Secareanu. They fall in love in a modern gay version of Wuthering Heights. It’s been called the British Brokeback Mountain, but is better than that. It is nuanced, doesn’t deal with the usual issues of gay identity, neither is it about homophobic prejudice. It is original, touching and a brilliant, balanced evocation of gay love.