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By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Surreal Icelandic horror has violence, swearing, sex.

Movie R 2021 106 minutes
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A horror movie with animalistic elements that's also a very human drama, this Icelandic tale is unafraid to embrace its bold premise. Lamb tells the story of a human couple who adopts a part-sheep child, and raises it as their own. So far, so unique, with Noomi Rapace giving a performance that ranges from defensive to loving, as her attempt to build a new life with a new family results in various highs and lows. Making Rapace's Maria and her husband, Ingvar -- played with quiet acceptance by Icelandic star Hilmir Snær Guðnason -- a couple still mourning the death of their biological child seems like an extra, unnecessary detail. But the disruption of their quiet, lonely lives by Ingvar's brother, Petur, adds a relatable family dynamic to the unrelenting oddness of Maria and Ingvar's new family dynamic.

While Lamb presents itself as a mood piece and a character study, it will at times test the patience of anyone who likes their movies powered by dialogue and action. This is a sparing, sparse drama with horror elements, and a finale that offers no neat resolution to a bizarre chain of events. It might also cause you to never look in a butcher's shop window quite the same way again.

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