(Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, Jess Weixler, Tom Bower, Jennifer Lafleur, et al / DVD / R / 2016 / Sony Pictures Classics)
Overview: 'Lamb', based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, traces the self-discovery of David Lamb in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl.
DVD Verdict: 'Lamb' is a unique indie drama directed, written and produced by Ross Partridge, who also stars in the film. To be completely honest, and VERY frank, I think this film is extremely hard to talk about. At points, I found it extremely uncomfortable. But that's the point. Well acted all around. Oona Laurence and Ross Partridge both gave excellent performances.
'Lamb' is set in the Midwest and its conventions. A middle aged man, beset by adult challenges including the death of a parent, work and crumbling relationships, encounters a young girl whose home has provided no identity or value. The two go on a road trip deeper into the heart of the country and into unexpected inner places. Again, it has to be paid mention to that 'Lamb' (at many junctures) is highly risky and challenging to behold. An exploration of love, our need for it, the unusual places where we find it and the sacrifices it calls for, it possesses all that, and so much more.
In addition to great performances, the cinematography was also wonderful. This isn't just a cliché indie drama. The film splits off in a different directions, especially with the ending. In closing, I found 'Lamb' to be an extremely memorable movie. Very thought provoking and extremely intriguing. I hope you do to, but please watch it with someone as I think you'll both have a LOT to discuss afterwards. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: