It’s shaped like most any romantic film and anybody could get enthralled. It’s poignant, full of yearning and personal transformation and positively gay. Graphically so, in spots. It’s got potent emotions and a scenario that is, I imagine, entirely authentic.

A young man (Josh O'Connor) is stuck working on his parents’ farm in Yorkshire, England and only able to follow his sexuality with the odd quickie in the washroom at the pub in town. He’s bored and surly. Then a young farm hand from Romania (Alec Secăreanu) arrives to work for a week. They interact awkwardly at first but then go out on an overnight trip to fix fences. Suddenly, it’s Brokeback Mountain all over again, steamy, hot and breathy, this time with sheep looking on. Mom senses what’s happening but doesn’t say anything. Dad, usually stern and critical, is waylaid by medical problems. Folks in town do sneer but the son is already on his way to coming out of his funk and accepting himself. That change is deftly portrayed in this first full-length film by the English actor Francis Lee. He grew up in rural Yorkshire and seems to have written and directed what he knows.  

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