A sexually explicit romance about two sheep farmers in remote England that's earned favourable comparisons to Brokeback Mountain. Winner of the Directing Award at Sundance.
Johnny works long hours on his family's remote hill farm. Isolated and frustrated, he numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When Gheorghe, a handsome Romanian, arrives to take up temporary work on the family property, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two, which could change Johnny's life forever. Francis Lee's striking debut film employs near documentary elements, frank nudity, explicit sex scenes, and moving performances by its two lead actors to tell an ultimately optimistic and powerful story.
Winner of the Directing Award at Sundance.
A British Brokeback Mountain, but better. – Jude Dry, Indiewire
Graced by its refreshingly frank treatment of gay sexuality, its casually expressive use of nudity and its eloquent depiction of animal husbandry as a contrasting metaphor for the absence of human tenderness, this is a rigorously naturalistic drama that yields stirring performances from the collision between taciturn demeanors and roiling emotional undercurrents. – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
This Yorkshire-set story about a relationship between a farmer and an immigrant worker is a beautifully judged, unsentimental study from first time director Francis Lee. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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