The other lamb is the English-language debut of the renowned Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska (Cialo, Mosquito), an eye-catching study by a sectarian community. A cult created by a man who puts himself above everything and everyone. His will is law, at night he decides who can receive his “grace” that night. As a result, the romantic charisma of Michiel Huisman gets something particularly sinister in this film. Just as the apparent harmony and sisterhood also have a dark side.
On the threshold of adulthood, Selah (Raffey Cassidy) sees everything with a piercing gaze, regularly plagued by bloody visions. The fact that the Shepherd also has her – his own daughter – in his sights to donate his “grace” reinforces the already oppressive undertones of this horror drama.
The story of the Australian screenwriter C.S. McMullen is rather sober: the motives of the characters remain underexposed, the tension build-up is minimal. Director Szumowkska, on the other hand, excels in creating atmosphere in this film, meanwhile looking gaudy on patriarchal chair legs.
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