A24 Movies’ lamb slow burning public terror. It mixes drama and horror into an intimate story about grief, fatherhood and Mother Nature. A married couple brings a lamb-human hybrid to raise as their child. Actress Noomi Rapace plays the lead character Maria. She recently opened up about the character’s journey and the sudden ending of the film.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from Lamb.]
‘Lamb’ explores the misery of a married couple
Reply to rapace lambQuestions related to the West Coast premiere at Beyond Fest during a post-screening Q&A. An audience member asked about Maria’s journey. Rapace described Maria’s damaged mindset after the death of her daughter Ada. This great tragedy sets in motion all the plot points.
“I think in the beginning when you meet Maria, it’s like her life has stopped,” Rapace said. “She stopped. The pain of losing her daughter is too much, so she’s like keeping quiet. She’s still alive, she’s not living. And then when another Ada, Ada, is born, she’s like a bridge It becomes an opportunity to start a healing process. It’s like emotional oxygen in a closed space.”
She continued: “She starts to come to life. You can see that during that summer, she begins to open up and get the colors. She loves and she dances, but I think she always knew somehow that she took something that didn’t belong to her and it would end. “
Noomi Rapace explains that ‘Lamb’ ends
Maria kills Ada’s biological mother when she won’t stop pursuing the lamb-human hybrid. However, the identity of the father is not revealed to the audience until the shocking end of the film. An adult lamb-human hybrid shoots Maria’s husband, Ingvar (Hilmir Snorr Gunasan), in the neck. The last thing he sees is Ada’s biological father holding her hand and taking her away. Maria doesn’t get there until it’s too late. Ingvar is dead and Ada is gone. There the film ends.
Repace explained at Beyond Fest that attending Maria’s adoration is a form of happiness that is not hers. “She describes Ada as a gift and it’s like happiness, but it’s also a stolen joy,” she said. “So, in the end, she’s back to life and she has full access to her pain, but she’s living and she’s there. I think it’s the start of a new chapter.”
There is no real definite end to Maria’s story. It is left for interpretation. However, Rapace has his own interpretation of what that ending meant for Maria and what’s in store for the future. She said, “I mean, we’re talking about a lot of different versions of this, so what’s going on there?”
Rapace concluded: “But, she’s not going after Ada, she’s not looking for Ada, because she knew Ada could never keep her. It’s kind of a joy to her, He had to leave her to be able to move on.”
A24 Films is living up to the theater experience
lamb It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival before running the remainder of its festival run. A24’s new film is releasing exclusively in theaters from 8 October.
lamb Still may land on streaming services in the future after its initial theatrical performance.
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