A GAY IN THE COUNTRY – Part One: Movie Reviews of God’s Own Country and BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Howard Casner

For questions: hcasner@aol.com

First, a word from our sponsors: I am now offering a new service: so much emphasis has been given lately to the importance of the opening of your screenplay, I now offer coverage for the first twenty pages at the cost of $20.00.  For those who don’t want to have full coverage on their screenplay at this time, but want to know how well their script is working with the opening pages, this is perfect for you.  I’ll help you not lose the reader on page one. 

 

Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay?  Check out my new e-book published on Amazon: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, including my series of essays, What I Learned Reading for Contests This Year, and my film reviews of 2013.  Only $2.99. http://ow.ly/xN31r

 

and check out my Script Consultation Services: http://ow.ly/HPxKE

Warning: SPOILERS

Though God’s Own Country could be described as England’s Brokeback Mountain, such a quick and superficial comparison should not take away from the startlingly effectiveness of both films.

The British story takes place in Yorkshire, a location as harsh and cold and unforgiving as the title implies (the phrase was first used to describe Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, but has come to be used to describe many locations, including Yorkshire, that are considered favored by God).

 

Johnny Saxby is the son of Martin and grandson of Deirdre, who make their living as sheep farmers. But Martin’s health is precarious and more and more of the responsibility has fallen to Johnny.

 

His father and grandmother treat him as if he were irresponsible and not taking the farm seriously, though he keeps claiming he can handle it. They’re not totally wrong, but they’re not totally right either.

 

Johnny drinks to access, is often depressed and desperately lonely. His only outlet is quick and meaningless sex with the occasional man he meets who is willing.

 

He’s not at home in God’s own country and is lost as to how not to be.

 

This all changes when his father temporarily hires Alec Secareanu, a Romanian immigrant (he left his home country because there is nothing there anymore). Alec is not the first help they have hired, but it may be the last as Johnny and Alec start a tenuous relationship.

 

As if often the case, the course of true love does not run smooth. And it’s the father and grandmother who figure out what is really going on before the two young men do.

 

God’s Own Country is writer/director Francis Lee’s first feature film. It is stark, but emotionally rich, set in a world that is mercilessly changing and only the strong and pliable can survive.

 

With Josh O’Connor and Gheorghe Ionescu as the two young men. They show fine chemistry and give empathetic performances.

 

Acting stalwarts Gemma Jones and Ian Hart play Johnny’s grandmother and father.

 

Meanwhile, in another country BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a film that I still have difficulty talking about and has gotten under my skin as very few films do.

 

It’s a fictionalized account of the early years of ACT UP Paris and the gay community’s response to the AIDS crisis, focusing especially on the love story of Sean, a member who is HIV Positive, and Nathan, who is HIV Negative.

 

The title is taken from the number of beats the heart has per minute, 120, and that is what the film feels like, a constant pulse of 120 beats over and over again as a group of people fight for their lives.

 

It’s a story about a group of people who are dying, but who do little with their lives but celebrate it and cling to it, refusing to give up.

 

It’s a story about a group of people who meet weekly, argue, go out and lose themselves in dancing at nightclubs, celebrate gay pride, disrupt pharmaceutical offices and medical gatherings and stage political theater equipped with fake blood balloons and dead one’s ashes, and fiercely fuck in the face of a deadly plague.

 

The screenplay by Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot, and the direction by Campillo, is done in a semi-documentary style punctuated with impressionistic scenes. It comes alive as few films do, almost a living, breathing chronicle of an earlier time.

 

The movie has small treasures as a series of scenes where the group disrupts high school classes to teach students about safe sex; one teacher rushes to stop them, one welcomes them telling her students to pay attention, this is important. Meanwhile, the camera focuses on a student silently watching unsure he is seeing what he is seeing, but perhaps discovering a previously unknown truth about himself.

 

And at the end, when Sean has died, all his friends gather at his and Nathan’s apartment, most too stunned and grieved to know how to feel. But his mother is calm and accepting (she is sleeping in the other room when he dies and her reaction to the news is, “so soon?”), making coffee, dressing her son with the same emotionality, someone who knows and understands the rituals of death.

 

With Nahuel Pérez Biscayat in a strong and devastating and beautiful wrought performance as Sean, who encapsulates the title’s meaning until, finally, he no longer can.

 

With Arnaud Valois as Nathan and Adele Haneal (also seen earlier this year in the wonderful The Unknown Girl) and Antoine Reinartz as leaders of ACT UP.

 

It should be noted that Robin Campillo is the co-writer of 2008’s The Class, a documentary style look at a high school class, and the director and co-writer of Revenants, one of the most haunting and finest television series of all time.

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute) won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, is nominated for three European film awards and is France’s entry in the Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards.

 


171 Comments on “A GAY IN THE COUNTRY – Part One: Movie Reviews of God’s Own Country and BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Howard Casner”

  1. I was just telling my friend about that.

  2. Dena says:

    Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?

    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

  3. Kristen says:

    Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation;
    many of us have created some nice practices and we
    are looking to trade strategies with other folks, be
    sure to shoot me an email if interested.

  4. Hilda says:

    No matter if some one searches for his necessary thing, thus he/she desires to be available that in detail, so that thing is maintained over here.

  5. Ashton says:

    Hi there! This article could not be written much better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this article to him.
    Fairly certain he’ll have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Dianna says:

    Hey there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re utilizing?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must
    say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a honest price?

    Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  7. Gene says:

    I think the admin of this site is in fact working hard for his web site,
    for the reason that here every material is quality based stuff.

  8. Lisa says:

    It’s going to be finish of mine day, however before finish I am reading
    this great post to improve my knowledge.

  9. Booker says:

    Very shortly this site will be famous amid all blogging users,
    due to it’s good articles

  10. Rich says:

    Wow, awesome blog layout! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for?
    you made blogging glance easy. The entire glance of your web site is wonderful,
    let alone the content!

  11. Jonas says:

    Great post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely useful info particularly the final phase 🙂 I handle such info a lot.
    I was seeking this particular information for a long time.
    Thanks and good luck.

  12. Coleman says:

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉
    I’m going to return once again since i have saved as a favorite it.
    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help
    others.

  13. Ava says:

    Good information. Lucky me I found your site by chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

  14. Harriet says:

    These are genuinely impressive ideas in on the topic of blogging.
    You have touched some nice points here. Any way keep up wrinting.

  15. Stephania says:

    This excellent website really has all the information and facts
    I wanted concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  16. Barrett says:

    Saved as a favorite, I like your web site!

  17. Calvin says:

    Wow, this piece of writing is fastidious, my younger sister is analyzing such things, thus
    I am going to convey her.

  18. Harriett says:

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  19. hi says:

    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our entire community will be thankful to you.|

  20. Winnie says:

    Hello mates, fastidious post and good urging commented here,
    I am genuinely enjoying by these.

  21. Alphonse says:

    Good day! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to
    work on. You have done a marvellous job!

  22. Georgia says:

    Hello to every one, the contents existing at this web page are really amazing for
    people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.

  23. Carmen says:

    Thank you for the good writeup. It if truth be told was a
    enjoyment account it. Glance complicated to far introduced agreeable from you!

    By the way, how can we communicate?

  24. Dianna says:

    I have read so many content on the topic of the blogger lovers however this post is really a fastidious piece of writing, keep it
    up.

  25. Consuelo says:

    I like the valuable information you supply in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at
    again right here frequently. I am fairly sure I will learn lots of
    new stuff right right here! Good luck for the next!

  26. Rene says:

    Thanks on your marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading
    it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your
    blog and will eventually come back in the foreseeable future.
    I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice evening!

  27. Harris says:

    Thanks very nice blog!

  28. Abe says:

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve
    found something which helped me. Kudos!

  29. Porter says:

    I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this
    information for my mission.

  30. Consuelo says:

    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a
    variety of websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform.
    I have heard excellent things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it?
    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  31. Georgetta says:

    Ahaa, its pleasant discussion about this post here at this web site,
    I have read all that, so now me also commenting here.

  32. Betsey says:

    I am sure this article has touched all the internet
    people, its really really good article on building up new web site.

  33. Shantae says:

    Good blog post. I definitely love this site. Keep it up!

  34. Stephan says:

    My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none
    the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a number of websites for about a year and am anxious about
    switching to another platform. I have heard great things about
    blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into
    it? Any help would be really appreciated!

  35. Rodger says:

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this website yourself or did
    you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    kudos

  36. Sadye says:

    Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an email.
    I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested
    in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  37. Pete says:

    My brother suggested I would possibly like
    this website. He was once totally right. This submit actually
    made my day. You cann’t imagine just how so much time
    I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  38. Harlan says:

    Hello there! This article couldn’t be written much better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I’ll send this post to him.
    Pretty sure he’ll have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Glen says:

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it
    for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know where u got
    this from. thanks a lot

  40. Lona says:

    Remarkable! Its in fact amazing piece of writing, I have got much clear idea on the topic of from this article.

  41. Haley says:

    Good post. I learn something totally new
    and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It will always be exciting to
    read content from other writers and practice something from other websites.

  42. Sheri says:

    Hi! I understand this is kind of off-topic but I
    had to ask. Does operating a well-established blog such as yours take a massive amount work?
    I am brand new to writing a blog however I do write in my journal on a daily basis.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my personal experience and thoughts online.
    Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers.
    Thankyou!

  43. Vonnie says:

    May I just say what a comfort to uncover a person that actually
    knows what they are talking about on the web. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people must check this out and understand this side of the story.
    I was surprised that you aren’t more popular given that you surely have the
    gift.

  44. Bradly says:

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across
    this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

  45. Kelvin says:

    I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found
    any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me.
    In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good
    content as you did, the internet will be much more
    useful than ever before.

  46. Kenneth says:

    This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am
    truly happy to read everthing at single place.

  47. Jose says:

    You need to take part in a contest for one of the most
    useful websites on the net. I most certainly will recommend this blog!

  48. I didn’t know that.

  49. That’s a great point

  50. I think the admin of this web site is in fact working hard for his web site, since here every data is quality based information.|

  51. Thanks for any other informative website. Where else may I get that kind of information written in such a perfect approach? I have a undertaking that I am just now operating on, and I have been on the look out for such info.|

  52. Hello mates, how is all, and what you desire to say concerning this piece of writing, in my view its actually awesome in favor of me.|

  53. Thank you so much for giving everyone a very wonderful opportunity to read critical reviews from this site. It is always very pleasurable and also jam-packed with a good time for me personally and my office friends to search your web site at the very least three times a week to learn the new things you have got. And of course, we are at all times happy considering the good tips served by you. Selected 4 points in this post are in truth the very best we have all ever had.

  54. goyard bags says:

    Thank you so much for providing individuals with an extremely remarkable opportunity to read in detail from this site. It’s usually very enjoyable and as well , full of a great time for me and my office colleagues to search the blog on the least three times a week to read the latest tips you will have. And of course, I’m also always amazed with the unbelievable concepts you serve. Selected 1 tips on this page are rather the most suitable we’ve had.

  55. off white says:

    I enjoy you because of all your valuable hard work on this web page. Betty loves making time for research and it’s really easy to understand why. Most people hear all of the powerful form you convey functional guides through the web site and as well as boost response from other people on this point while our favorite daughter has always been discovering a lot of things. Enjoy the remaining portion of the new year. You have been performing a splendid job.

  56. I simply wished to say thanks once again. I do not know what I would’ve tried without the entire ways provided by you directly on such area of interest. It was actually a scary situation for me personally, however , observing this specialised tactic you dealt with the issue took me to cry over delight. Now i am happy for this service and in addition sincerely hope you comprehend what a great job your are doing teaching many people using your webblog. Most likely you’ve never encountered any of us.

  57. jordan shoes says:

    My wife and i have been really comfortable when Albert could conclude his survey from the precious recommendations he gained through the weblog. It’s not at all simplistic just to be making a gift of information which other people may have been making money from. So we keep in mind we’ve got the writer to be grateful to because of that. The entire illustrations you made, the straightforward site menu, the friendships you will give support to engender – it’s got everything incredible, and it’s really facilitating our son in addition to us recognize that that topic is fun, which is especially important. Thank you for everything!

  58. My wife and i got so glad Edward could deal with his inquiry because of the ideas he got in your weblog. It’s not at all simplistic to simply find yourself making a gift of guidelines that many people could have been selling. We really take into account we’ve got you to thank because of that. Most of the illustrations you have made, the easy site menu, the relationships you can make it easier to create – it is many astonishing, and it’s really facilitating our son and the family reckon that the subject is brilliant, and that’s quite mandatory. Many thanks for all!

  59. nike dunks says:

    I must express my gratitude for your kindness for men and women who require help with this one topic. Your very own dedication to getting the solution throughout appeared to be rather practical and have usually empowered guys much like me to arrive at their desired goals. The warm and friendly help and advice denotes so much a person like me and still more to my mates. Thanks a ton; from each one of us.

  60. I am just writing to make you know what a fabulous encounter my girl gained reading the blog. She noticed many pieces, including what it’s like to have an excellent giving mood to have other people with ease gain knowledge of a number of very confusing matters. You actually surpassed her expectations. Thanks for coming up with these interesting, trustworthy, informative as well as cool tips about this topic to Julie.

  61. Thank you so much for giving everyone an exceptionally pleasant chance to read in detail from this website. It is often very cool and also full of a good time for me and my office co-workers to visit your blog at the least thrice in 7 days to find out the newest things you have. Not to mention, I’m usually motivated with all the eye-popping pointers served by you. Certain two areas in this article are undoubtedly the most efficient I’ve ever had.

  62. I simply wanted to construct a brief note to be able to say thanks to you for these precious concepts you are showing at this site. My extensive internet search has now been compensated with really good ideas to write about with my partners. I would claim that we visitors actually are unquestionably endowed to exist in a good place with so many marvellous individuals with very helpful tips. I feel pretty happy to have seen the site and look forward to really more enjoyable times reading here. Thanks again for a lot of things.

  63. I would like to express appreciation to you for rescuing me from this type of challenge. Just after browsing throughout the online world and obtaining notions that were not powerful, I believed my life was gone. Being alive without the answers to the difficulties you’ve solved by way of your good short article is a serious case, and the ones that could have negatively affected my career if I hadn’t encountered your blog. Your skills and kindness in controlling every item was precious. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not come upon such a subject like this. I can now relish my future. Thanks very much for the high quality and effective guide. I won’t be reluctant to refer your site to any individual who needs to have support about this subject.

  64. golden goose says:

    Thanks a lot for providing individuals with such a wonderful chance to discover important secrets from this blog. It’s always so pleasant and jam-packed with a lot of fun for me personally and my office peers to search your web site minimum thrice in 7 days to find out the latest items you will have. Of course, I’m so usually fascinated with all the remarkable guidelines served by you. Some two tips in this article are unequivocally the finest we’ve had.

  65. A lot of thanks for all your hard work on this website. My mother really likes making time for research and it’s easy to see why. My spouse and i notice all concerning the dynamic means you give informative ideas through this blog and even strongly encourage contribution from other ones on the situation so my child is truly learning so much. Have fun with the remaining portion of the year. Your doing a first class job.

  66. yeezy says:

    I’m also commenting to make you understand what a extraordinary experience my cousin’s girl gained browsing your site. She discovered numerous issues, which included what it is like to possess a wonderful giving mindset to have others completely fully understand a variety of very confusing subject areas. You really exceeded readers’ expected results. Many thanks for offering these necessary, safe, edifying and even easy tips on that topic to Kate.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *