The Movie Sleuth was turned on to Lamb, so we reviewed it.
Every so often a film comes along that sticks by you like a disturbed and voiceless friend. Lamb is a story that strikes so many perpetually odd shaped chords that it's sincerely hard to put into words what a strange and dour world we live in. Tackling weighty subject matter such as abuse, abduction and child neglect, Lamb is a brooding film centered on a small lead cast of two great actors. As a character study this is an amazing work by Ross Partridge that paints a relationship between a grown man and a young girl in an unsettling portrait of broken humanity and misdirected self redemption. With emotionally strident performances from Partridge and Oona Laurence, this awkward tale is like nothing else from 2015/16.
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Capturing a young girl's first time interaction with mother nature and all her beauty is offset by the tragedy of life that surrounds them at each and every turn. Although some may find the subject matter a grey area that borders on child abuse and abduction, there is a worthwhile character arc that will either anger viewers or speak to the flawed personas that experience this film first hand. Navigating through the subjective weeds of Lamb's story, I feel like I walked away having seen something new and revealing that never took my time for granted.
With minor shades of older Terrence Malick films like Badlands and Days of Heaven, this is a slow burn that concentrates on relishing in environments and the gradual development of a small cast of morally challenged characters.
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