Lamb (2021) Review

This film made me feel uncomfortable for an hour and forty-six minutes. I’m still not sure what I watched, to be honest. The story is about a couple in Iceland that found a baby mutant and raised it as their own. I must warn you that it is an extremely slow-paced form of storytelling. Loads of wide shots that highlight the beautiful mountain terrain, high grass plains, and extreme animal close-ups.

Some people might call this a snore fest and I can understand why. You won’t find a bunch of fight scenes, car chases, or explosions. It’s a slice of life manga come to life. Two farmers who I assume can’t bear children, find one. This is followed by a montage of the memories they created together as a family. A relative arrived at the farm and disrupted the peace, that’s when things got spicy.

In typical horror fashion, Maria (Noomi Rapace) does something stupid which set off a chain of unpleasant events. Her husband, Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) was just as idiotic. I understand desperation but gawd damn, the thing is not normal! Who would think it safe to take this into your home? I guess Greek or Roman mythology is not something they taught in school. Such creatures don’t usually turn out to be benevolent, at least not their conception.

I give credit where its due, Lamb had a unique subject matter, fertility or lack thereof. The sound design is methodical and perturbed when coupled with the isolated environment. I experienced a constant state of foreboding even when everyone was having a good time. The third act fell apart, too many unanswered questions. Seems like the writers didn’t know how to end the strange creature tale. I give it a 5.5 out of 10.

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