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.