2019 TIFF Movie Review: THE OTHER LAMB (Ireland/Belgium/USA 2019) ***

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A girl was born into an all-female cult led by a man in their compound begins to question his teachings and her own reality.


C.S. McMullen

Cults make great premises for movies.  This year alone, there has been films like MIDSOMMAR, MARIA’S PARADISE and ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD that tackled the evils of cults and their leaders.  WE THE LAMB (former title: THE OHER LAMB) adds in the additional female component where this cult is made up only of one male the leader who calls himself the shepherd and the others his women who are either his wives or daughters.  

Films like WE THE LAMB require audiences to put their total belief in their premise and when they do, the film tears the concept apart.  Director Malgorzata Szumowskareally gets into the skin of the lead character who knows nothing about the outside world.  Her mother was one of the leader’s wives and she is about to become one.

  Though one can predict what happens at the end, director Malgorzata Szumowska still scares his audience with her creepy tale of a creepy male.  Cinematography of the countryside and the ‘Eden’ that the cult finally finds looks stunning.

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