Lamb is a horror/fantasy/drama. The story concerns Maria (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), two Icelandic farmers. They lost a child years ago, and their lives are now filled with the routine tasks of tending to their field and their flock of sheep. One day, an ewe gives birth to a lamb that is not a lamb. It’s part lamb, part human. Seeing the lamb a second chance at motherhood, Maria takes it from the barn and cares for it as if it were her own baby. The trio become a family, but the unexpected return of Ingvar’s ne’er-do-well brother Pétur (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson) threatens their happiness. Before long, Maria is forced to confront the tension between her and Pétur, as well as the ramifications of taking the lamb from its birth mother.
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The story of four middle-aged men in Denmark who decide to engage in a psychological experiment: to see whether living life slightly tipsy makes them better teachers. Their teaching actually improves, and they confirm that having a drink (or two) helps to put one’s troubles aside temporarily and live and in the moment (surprise, surprise). Their personal lives take some unexpected turns, however. Just like with car performance, your life on alcohol may vary. For the characters in this movie, it’s a choice between soberly dealing with depression and regret on a daily basis, or letting yourself be free enough to let loose and dance. Highly recommended (unless you’re a teetotaler).
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A man reaps what he sows.
Watching Les Misérables is like watching a prophecy filmed a year ago about the social unrest in America today. The only difference is that the movie is located in France. The film’s no-frills direction, realistic acting and white-knuckle pacing made me feel like I was watching a documentary. The film won the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, and was nominated for Best International Feature for the 2019 Academy Awards.
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