God’s Own Country follows Johnny (Josh O’Connor), a Yorkshire sheep farmer, and Gheorghe (Alex Secareanu), a Romanian migrant worker. The two begin a passionate love affair while taking care of sheep. Not-so-subtly God’s Own Country builds up tension between the two men, before they get down and dirty (literally having sex in the dirt). First, the men act aggressively towards each other, but with Gheorghe’s guidance, Johnny learns to be truly intimate both in the bedroom and with his heart. God’s Own Country effortlessly balances raw sexuality with raw, beautiful storytelling. God’s Own Country is as sexy as it is visually beautiful and captivating.
Adore follows four good-looking people, played by Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, and James Frecheville, and explores what happens when a line is crossed. Adore has a few sex scenes and some very sexy long kissing scenes, but the film’s sexiness mainly comes from the intimacy established between all four characters. The closeness of the group adds depth to their relationships but also makes everything so much more complex and taboo. In many ways, Adore can be viewed as an empowering story of women over 40 embracing their sexuality and loving without restrictions, but it all feels a bit incestuous because of the very tight-knit relationship of both women and their sons. Nonetheless, if you can get past that element, there is plenty of sexiness mixed with the beauty of the New South Wales setting.