The story revolves around a sheep farmer played by Josh O’Connor. His existence seems lonely and miserable until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker (played by Alec Secareanu) spices things up.
The film shares many similarities to Ang Lee’s Oscar winning Brokeback Mountain. Filmed in the Yorkshire moors, God’s Own Country shares a similar theme of the hardship and loneliness of working in the countryside. Furthermore, there’s a similar scene that uses spit as lube, akin to the scene between Jake Gyllenhall and Heath Ledger.
IndieWire noted that:
“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, debuting October 27th, has already gained success by achieving 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.