Behold the Lamb

A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy "Behold the Lamb."

With:
With: Aoife Duffin, Nigel O'Neill.

A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed in a talky, darkly humorous manner that recalls the impudent, poetic style of Martin and John Michael McDonagh. Slender fest item marks tyro helmer-writer John McIlduff as a talent to watch.

Recovering drug addict and sometime prostitute Liz (Aoife Duffin) unwillingly drives middle-aged epileptic Eddie (Nigel O’Neill) on a mysterious errand. At an isolated truck stop, they pick up a lively, noisy lamb whose belly contains a fortune in drugs. But before they deliver it, Liz stops to see her disabled son, living with down-to-earth foster parents, and Eddie makes some surprising entries in his birdwatcher’s life list. Well-cast lead thesps are as garrulous and quarrelsome as starlings, but their dialogue has a tiresome tendency to state the obvious. A triumph of grungy production design, pic gets periodic energy boosts from Brian Irvine’s spot-on score.

Behold the Lamb

U.K.

Production: A Dumbworld Prods., Channel 4, Northern Ireland Screen production. (International sales: Media Luna, Cologne.) Produced by Kevin Jackson. Executive producers, Katherine Butler, Cathie McKimm, Andrew Reid. Directed, written by John McIlduff.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen, Super 16mm-to-HD), Steeven Petitteville; editor, Nick Emerson; music, Brian Irvine; production designer, John Leslie. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Discovery), Sept. 10, 2011. (Also in Karlovy Vary Film Festival -- Forum of Independents.) Running time: 83 MIN.

Cast: With: Aoife Duffin, Nigel O'Neill.

More Scene

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22:

    SZA Holds Nothing Back in Second Show Since Vocal Injury Scare

    A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed […]

  • 'SORRY TO BOTHER YOU'

    Why 'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley Thinks His Satirical Comedy Is 'Realistic'

    A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed […]

  • Tesse Restaurant Opens on L.A.'s Sunset

    Tesse Restaurant Takes on the Challenge of Making the Sunset Strip Hip Again

    A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: The 10 Standout Moments

    A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed […]

  • Brandon Flynn, Timothy Granaderos, Alisha Boe,

    Alisha Boe Says Brock Turner Case Was Her 'Bible' for '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

    A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed […]

  • Yara ShahidiMTV Movie & TV Awards,

    Yara Shahidi, Noah Schnapp, More Talk the Dangers of Social Media at MTV Awards

    A meandering journey across the cold, wet expanses of Northern Ireland becomes the road to salvation for two troubled single parents in the low-budget absurdist dramedy “Behold the Lamb.” Although full of religious imagery, from an actual lamb to cleansing water, the pic isn’t about God, but rather the redemption of two lost souls, executed […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content