A24’s “Lamb” Is Darkly, Uniquely, Awesomely Icelandic

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By Mark Asch In Lamb, which opens today in select U.S. theaters, two grief-stricken Icelandic sheep farmers, María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), get a second chance at parenthood when, amid the spring lambing season, one of their ewes gives birth to a very strange creature, whom they bring from the barn to the house, raise as their own and name “Ada.” The first feature film directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, Lamb was cowritten by the Icelandic novelist Sjón, whose novels dive into Icelandic history, with its currents of pagan and Christian belief, man-vs.-wild hardship and an…

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