Starring Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, and Jess Weixler
Directed by Ross Partridge
***This film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime***
Ultimately, I have no clue what Lamb is trying to convey. David is fully aware that his actions could be construed as those of a pedophile, but he's not one...or is he? In the film's final moments, the "L" word gets thrown around and when you bring "love" into this equation it starts to make things a bit gross. I understood what Tommie was getting from the relationship -- a chance to escape her lazy parents and her untrustworthy friends with someone who seems to genuinely care about her well-being -- but what was David's reasoning to embark on this adventure? It's still unknown to me. This odd relationship never gelled and only succeeded in making this viewer highly uncomfortable. In what is essentially a two-hander, Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence are both fine, but Partridge who also directed and adapted this film from a novel is never really able to define why his character does what he does. With the protagonist's motivation for his increasingly odd actions left unexplored, the film feels unbalanced. Maybe your mileage will vary and I will admit that I wasn't ever bored watching this odd piece, but I simply can't recommend Lamb.
The RyMickey Rating: C-