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Partridge portrays David with immaculate timing and meticulous attention to detail. We feel for the character's pain, but never quite trust him.
Partridge has a strong screen presence, but the potential power of his storytelling approach is negated when emotions get mushy in the third act. That's when we figure out that this film doesn't know exactly what it wants to say.
Equally fascinating and frustrating, writer/director/actor Ross Partridge's "Lamb" explores a threatening February and November relationship between odd kindred spirits.
"Lamb" is empathetic and untrustworthy, haunting but often unpersuasive. In the end it's hard to say what the film's point is. But it lingers in the mind.
In the novel, Lamb is a fantasist who uses Tommie as a blank (pure) slate on which to write a new life story. Mr. Partridge never figures out how to complicate his version and its voices, or maybe doesn't want to.
Feeling creeped out is unavoidable, but it's an inquisitive unsettling born of a faith that people are inherently complicated, worthy of love, capable of good and yet all too often mired in well-meaning intentions that hurt more than help.
Hopefully Oona Laurence continues to take on intriguing roles that unequivocally challenge the capabilities of any actor, let alone a teenager; she deserves success, awards, and more
This warm, unembellished film feels universal and timeless, but its key themes are also very timely: whether we're talking about the internal or external, hometown or country, this is a highly resonant story about displacement.
While the personal is political in Lamb, it's also an affecting work of art.
The movie is a kind of feat for Partridge as director, but it's Laurence who consistently surprises the viewer with an understanding that goes far beyond her years.
Thoughtful and moving, with political undercurrents that may prompt viewers to reassess their understanding of the region and the challenges it faces, Lamb is a beautifully observed film with the potential to appeal to a wide audience.
Partridge didn't bring anything new to the table, leaving Lamb as little more than a carbon copy of the book's successes and failures.
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