Is 'God's Own Country' The Next 'Brokeback Mountain'?

British indie drama God's Own Country screened to wide acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. The feature film debut from director Francis Lee tells "the story of a rural romance that dare not speak its name in the rolling West Yorkshire countryside." 

So is it British Brokeback Mountain??

Lee responds to the comparison while talking to Empire:

"I love Brokeback Mountain," Lee says. "The comparison feels like an honour, but they are very different. Brokeback is of a particular time and place – its two central characters can't be together because of society's attitudes. In God's Own Country, it's all to do with the central character's inability to open up."

Check out the trailer!

 

God's Own Country is set to hit theaters September 1!

 

(H/T: Towleroad)

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So, is this the British Broke Back Mountain?

That depends.  Is it written, directed, produced, and starring straight people and only really appealing to straight audiences?  If so, then yes it is.  Will all that be glossed over by the gay community and gay press in the name of "inclusion" and "progressiveness?"  If so, then yes it is.  Will it be as paternalistic, preachy, and condescending as Broke Back Mountain?  If so, then yes it is.

However, I will reserve judgment until I see the movie.  I hope I won't be as disappointed with this movie as I was with Broke Back Mountain.  

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