“Ranchlands” is an LGBTQ drama about an urbane, yet lost gay man who returns to his estranged ranch family to help care for his cancer-stricken brother, but a devastating family secret stands in the way of his rocky path toward reconciliation. The film is a fable about the rural-urban divisions and anti-queer sentiment that roil parts of America today, a microcosm of what can happen when we forget how to talk to one another. “Ranchlands” makes the case, on an intimate family level, that we have more in common than not. The story begins when the metropolitan Tyler, who has not seen his family for years, returns to his ranchland home upon hearing that his working-class brother, Garrett, has become ill. Waiting for him is his embittered mother, Debra, a widow whose homophobia is a mask for her fears of loneliness and resentment of being abandoned. Despite getting off to a difficult start, Debra and Tyler slowly but surely begin to thaw their cold war, but Tyler’s unexpected romance with an earnest ranch hand, Noah, begins to expose a haunting event from the family’s past that threatens to tear them all apart. “Ranchlands” builds up to the reveal of that horrible event and its emotionally wrought aftermath – before spilling yet another secret — during Tyler’s journey to heal himself and his family.

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  1. Overall I really liked the story, the acting, the characters/relationships, the scenery/cinematography and the ending (no spoilers). However the editing did my head in, it kept everything in order but it's like there were chunks of transition or set up that were just cut out and the resulting scenes they would have been apart of felt random or to quick of a jump from the scene before. I would understand if the final product had more to it but it clocks in at only an hour and 9 min (about 5 of which are the opening & closing credits). Most films, even smaller projects outside of shorts, are at least an hour and 20-30. That extra 15-20 really would have helped. Definetly still worth a watch & rewatchable but maybe not quite at the level of a Brokeback Mountain, Call Me By Your Name, Shelter, or Latter Days.

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