Spring. Yorkshire. Isolated young sheep farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
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I know what you’re thinking! This film is Brokeback Mountain set on a Yorkshire farm. However Leigh’s debut film is much more than that.
It’s a raw, edgy and a hauntingly beautiful movie packed with minimal dialogue so as to allow the viewers thoughts to flow and for them to do nothing else but experience the film. The realism, the scenery, the tenderness of one man’s isolated struggle all set against the backdrop of a brutal and unforgiving Yorkshire are what keep the pace in this moving romantic drama.
O’Connor is brooding and moody as Saxby and while it is his personal journey that holds the film together it is the performances of the classy Hart (Martin) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary) that encapsulate the essence of humanity in this film.
This film was not quite what I was expecting and having spent most of my childhood holidays on a family farm, this took me back and brought up memories long forgotten despite the uncomfortable nature of some scenes.
A powerful must see first film that will stay with you long after you have left the building.
DVD Releases: 28th March 2018
Rating: R16 - Contains Nudity, language, sexual material & content that may disturb.
Duration: 104 minutes
Starring: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones
Director: Francis Leigh (Debut Feature Film)
To prepare for their roles as farmers, the director made the two actors live and work in a farm for several weeks prior shooting the movie.
The romanian character in the film is inspired by an actual romanian worker the director had met in the past and his experiences in dealing with racism while staying in the UK as an immigrant.
All scenes containing graphic images of animals are real and where shot on location at a real farm nearby the director's childhood home, without using body doubles for the actors.