It would be easier to succumb to the punishment of as many sheep and jokes as possible. The truth is, I’m not making any promises until I get to the bottom of this article. Although in the recently released trailer lamb, there is nothing inexplicable about gifts. The film, which recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 13 July, marks the directorial debut of Valdimar Johansson.
Valdimar Johansson co-wrote the film together with Sigurjon Birgir Sigursson, better known as Sojn – an Icelandic novelist, poet and songwriter. Sjón is largely known for his collaborations with Iceland native Björk, as well as his performances with The Sugarcube under Johnny Triumph. From a writing perspective, Sjón would be best described for Bachelor as a surrealist.
lamb A rural Icelandic farmer tells the story of the couple receiving an inexplicable and near-miraculous gift, which they interpret as a means by nature to help them soothe the pain of some permanent loss. Of course, events inevitably take a hard right turn from dreamy melancholy and folk drama to outright horror and sordid comedy. A perfect match for Sjón’s real pen.
The trailer itself is devoid of refreshing details that could be labeled as spoilers. Johansson’s camerawork makes the most of stunningly gorgeous Icelandic scenery, as well as bringing home a sense of abhorrent isolation that one would feel, cultivating so far in the wild. The trailer has nothing to do with the dialogues of the two leads shown on screen.
Nor does it need to announce itself loudly by adding the typical trailer narrator’s bang. Instead we are treated to a series of seemingly random cuts, with characters humming or vocalizing – a (as yet unseen) baby singing in a crib, or a very revealing, infant-sized Don’t take bundles. Other clips in the trailer focus on a flock of sheep all staring at something outside the camera, or the female character burying something that looks a lot like a hornet. A low, ominous tone plays through the background at all times. The cumulative effect is that of a dreamy, ephemeral environment that threatens to turn any moment into an inexplicable nightmare.
Just like the trailer, the cast is also looking equally handsome. Björn Hlinur Haraldsson played the role of “Petur”, with the second male role of “Ingvar” being filled by Hilmir Snorr Gunaso. The most recognizable member of the cast is Noomi RaspaceKnown for her role in the Swedish adaptation of Millennium series and of course in 2012 as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw prometheus. In Lamb, Rapace plays “Maria”.
There’s a wonderfully restrained exercise in the “less is more” trailer alone. This trailer is refusing to deliver lamb The dreamy, fuzzy, dangerous montage featured in the Minute Plus trailer only serves to pique the curiosity. Take a look for yourself. The impending fear has never looked so beautiful, or of course, so gloomy.