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Sunday Herald Life - - FILM RE­VIEW - By Da­mon Smith

God’s Own Coun­try (15)

Shot on lo­ca­tion in West York­shire, writer-direc­tor Fran­cis Lee’s heart­break­ing love story is draw­ing com­par­isons to Broke­back Moun­tain for its ten­derly ob­served cou­pling of a dis­en­chanted farmer’s son and a Ro­ma­nian mi­grant worker. John Saxby (Josh O’Con­nor) is bear­ing the heavy bur­den of run­ning his fam­ily’s farm now his fa­ther Martin (Ian Hart) is par­tially paral­ysed fol­low­ing a stroke. John, wrestling with his sex­u­al­ity, en­gages in sex­ual en­coun­ters with lo­cal men, with­out any emo­tional en­gage­ment, and drowns his sor­rows in the lo­cal pub. When Martin hires a ca­sual worker, Ghe­o­rghe Ionescu (Alec Se­care­anu), he and John bed down in an out­house and sparks of pas­sion fly. How­ever, the farmer’s son is pet­ri­fied of pub­licly show­ing his feel­ings.

Patti Cake$ (15)

In­spired by writer-direc­tor Geremy Jasper’s ef­forts to break into the New York mu­sic scene, Patti Cake$ is a crowd-pleas­ing un­der­dog story, whose un­likely hero­ine – an over­weight New Jer­sey twen­tysome­thing with a tal­ent for im­mor­tal­is­ing her day-to-day ex­is­tence in snappy verse – is a di­a­mond in the rough (played by Danielle Mac­don­ald, who is ir­re­sistible in the lead role) who just needs that one slice of luck to re­alise her po­ten­tial.

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