Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of Romanian migrant worker Alec ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
With obvious similarities to Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’, this is not just a love story. It is also an immigrant tale, and an unflinching portrait of rural farm life where the war between tradition and change is bitter and has real casualties. And in Josh O'Connor (‘Peaky Blinders’) the film finds a central performance of great authenticity and naturalism.
This is one of the most assured, fully-formed British debuts of recent years. It succeeds on every level, and does so in an uncompromising way.