Dirty nature romance: Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country explores the boundaries between beautiful, but lonely landscapes and the bodies in them. The story of a transformation in times of Brexit.
“It’s beautiful here. But lonely, no? “It takes well over half of God’s Own Country, until the camera first looks up, at the horizon and the landscape a Yorkshire plateau where all the emotions of Francis Lee’s film come from to grow out of the muddy earth and be driven with the cold wind over the hills. Before, the camera has only recognized the mud and the dirt from this landscape, the wet fur of a stillborn calf, the hardships that all this means for Johnny (Josh O’Connor), since he is practically alone on the farm under his father’s orders got to.