Lamb tells the story of Maria and Ingvar, a couple who own a remote sheep farm. When one of their sheep gives birth to a half human, half sheep lamb, they adopt it as their own. This may seem bizarre, but we soon find out they are still grieving the loss of their own child. So, in a filling-a-void kind of way, it makes sense.

Ingvar’s brother visits, and he immediately wonders what is up with the odd situation. He wants to end the lamb’s life, but soon he too cares for it as if it were really his niece.

As this all unfolds, we occasionally see the landscape from the point of view of whatever creature impregnated the sheep who gave birth to the halfbreed lamb. You don’t see the creature until the film’s climax which I won’t ruin for you.

This one is a slow burn. There is little dialogue until the brother arrives, and even then it is sparse. The characters are likable enough, but there are long sequences where they just go about everyday things. It isn’t until the last ten of fifteen minutes that you understand what it was all for, and even then you wish they had edited a little out.

Normally I love slow burns if the payoff is worth it. The payoff here is okay. Not a disappointment, but not the “holy shot” moment I was hoping for. Noomi Rapace gives a spectacular performance so she is what is worth sitting through the film for. The special effects are surprisingly good too. It’s the kind of film you only watch once, but it’s worth seeing that one time.

Now playing in theaters.

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