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Wednesday, Jan 13 2016

If a sympathetic movie can be made about a 47-year-old man kidnapping an 11-year-old girl that doesn't leave the viewer feeling the need for a chemical shower, then Ross Partridge's Lamb is probably it — although your mileage may vary. Here, middle-aged David Lamb (writer/director Partridge) befriends troubled young Tommie (Oona Laurence); Tommie is drawn to Lamb because he's the only person of any age who's nice to her, while he puts her on a pedestal as an exemplar of innocence and potential in an otherwise corrupt world. This justifies his decision to take her to a remote cabin for an indefinite number of days, a decision Tommie consents to — inasmuch as an 11-year-old is capable of giving consent.Lambfrequently comments on itself, on how dicey their relationship is and how everything about the situation screams "pedophile," and seems to be aware of when Lamb is barreling into Creepytown. (That white dress is ick ick ick.) With all that said, it's a beautifully shot film, and Oona Laurence evokes 1970s Jodie Foster, which is appropriate considering that it's exactly the kind of role Foster would have crushed back in the day. Hopefully, Laurence will turn out as well.


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