Weighed down by the responsibility of caring for the family farm, Johnny numbs his loneliness with drinking, drugs and sex. As the lambing season approaches, he unwillingly shares the burden of work with Gheorghe, a Romanian immigrant, whom his family hires. Alone in the secluded hills, they silently carry out the hard work of delivering of lambs and building of stonewalls. As time goes on, however, his unwanted colleague’s caring nature disturbs Johnny’s stubborn hostility and threatens to disturb the precarious balance he has been upholding for so long.

Astonishingly well-crafted, »God’s Own Country« unfolds in a realistic, harsh fashion, congenial with Johnny’s hard-set face. Filming the daily duties of farm life in documentary detail, director Francis Lee makes extended use of the tasks and landscape he knows by heart. Set against the grey spring skies and muddy hills of rural Yorkshire, this remarkable debut feature touches on themes of work, hope and the discovery of beauty in the things that surround us.

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Title
God's Own Country
Director
Francis Lee
Country
Great Britain
Length
104 min
Festival
2017
Section
Competition
Language
English
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2017
Original title
God's Own Country
Cast
Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu
Producer
Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
Script
Francis Lee
Music
Adam Wiltzie, Dustin O'Halloran
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