I really wasn’t sure if I was going to put Lamb on this list. To be honest, when I left the theater last week, I wasn’t exactly sure what I thought of this incredibly strange movie. Did I like it? Did I hate it? Dunno. But then as the days passed, I found myself constantly thinking about it. I thought about the imagery and what everything meant. That’s when I realized, this film has such a unique and quiet darkness about it, that I simply had to put it on here. Some people will love it. Some will hate it. Regardless, it’s worth a discussion. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:
A childless couple, María and Ingvar discover a mysterious newborn on their farm in Iceland. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy, before ultimately destroying them.
Right up front it’s best that you know Lamb is a veeeery slow movie. To say it takes its time is a vast understatement. It practically crawls. But hey, not everything that crawls is negative. Sometimes the thing that crawls can pack the greatest punch (just ask Regan in The Exorcist). Lamb will do that to many viewers. To me, the greatest strength of this movie lies in the cinematography and the way the animals are portrayed. Every shot is held for what feels like 8-10 seconds. You hear every bleat of the sheep. You feel every heaving breath of the dog. You practically feel like you’re part of this animal world in nature itself while you watch. And that’s kind of the point. Lamb is less a movie you watch and more one you feel, or more specifically, one you almost feel a part of. I read that the writer of this movie is a poet, and that makes complete sense to me, because this basically a visual poem. Some may argue that it’s not even horror, and I can see their point, it does feel more like a fairy tale. But I also have a broad opinion of what horror is, and to me anything that can get under your skin can be horrifying. Even though this movie is very slow, there is a haunting factor that can’t be denied. Like I said right up from, this movie will not be for everyone, but for people looking for something a bit left of center that asks some deeper questions about man’s role in nature, Lamb might be right up your alley.
Where to Watch: Still in theaters.
Food/Drink Pairing: Some nice mutton chops.