Set on a remote and beautiful sheep farm in Iceland, this haunting film follows a married couple clearly living in the shadow of grief. Things change when a mysterious gift from nature arrives: a lamb. Signs of disturbance among the other sheep and a perturbed housecat add to the growing sense of imbalance and unease the newcomer brings. The rural expanse can be idyllic, magical or foreboding and the sparse dialogue makes the human characters seem even smaller against the landscape. Icelandic folklore is the central reference and core inspiration here;
mixed with a dash of horror the result is a visually poetic and stylistically memorable debut feature. Co-written with poet and novelist Sjón (
Moonstone – The Boy Who Never Was) Lamb was a prize winner in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes and leaves its mark on you long after the film has ended.