Genre Guesstimation – God’s Own Country (2017)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to LGBTQ@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..

“In my country, spring is the most beautiful. The sun. The flowers. The smells.” – Gheorghe Ionescu

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young farmer passes the time while working on his family farm until he meets and falls in love with a foreign worker who makes him want to try and change the way he is.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Getter’s choice for me to watch.

I knew nothing about this film at all before Getter suggested it and was interested in seeing what this was all about.

I immediately noticed how similar this film is to the story presented in Brokeback Mountain (2005) while trying to show a love story between two farmers/cowboys.

Unfortunately, like in that movie, I found it quite hard to believe the way that the show the courtship and eventual relationship of these characters.

They try quite hard here to show how back-breaking and hard this kind of work is from a very realistic perspective.

There are numerous scenes with work with animals that look quite genuine in the way that they show things.

The overall story of this film has lots of potential, yet they present it all in a really slow way that ends up making things come across as being quite boring which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Film that shows the difficult and lonely work of farmers in these kind of environment.  There are many parts of this story that are reminiscent of the events and story line of Brokeback Mountain (2005).  Unfortunately, just like in that film, it’s really difficult to find the courtship and relationship of these characters believable. The film tries quite hard to give a very realistic perspective on farm work and some of the actions with the animals seems quite genuine in all that is done. The story itself is in general intriguing yet the way things are presented actually makes things come across much more boring than one would hope for.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – All scenes containing graphic images of animals are real and were shot on location at a real farm near the director’s childhood home, without using body doubles for the actors. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. The story has potential, but it doesn’t come across as feeling realistic enough for us to believe the love story as presented.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – God’s Own Country (2017)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur March – April Finale – God’s Own Country (2017) – Mettel Ray | MovieRob

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