An Irish reform school priest questions his calling as a young, epileptic runaway arrives. Each recognizes the other as kindred spirits and escape together. As police close in and money dwindles, the desperate priest makes bad decisions.
"Lamb" focuses on the relationship between Brother Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson), a teacher in a Roman Catholic-run institution for troubled boys in Ireland, and 10-year-old Owen Kane (Hugh O'Conor), the school's most unruly pupil. Dumped into the institution by his abusive mother, Owen is an incorrigible mess who smokes cigarettes, curses, wets his bed, picks fights and has epileptic seizures.Written by
Before "Schindler's List" And "Taken", Liam Neeson Was A Young Priest In "Lamb"
Before Liam Neeson gained international prominence as an actor as Oskar Schindler in the Holocaust classic "Schindler's List" and a late-career action hero as Bryan Mills in the "Taken" trilogy, he starred in this 1985 Irish film directed by Colin Gregg in "Lamb". Hugh O' Connor co-stars.
This film adapted by Bernard MacLaverty from his novel of the same title tells that story of a young priest Brother Sebastian,whose real name is Michael Lamb, works in a Catholic reform institution for young boys. Over there,he gets in touch with a young 10-year-old bully Owen Kane,who also happens to be an epileptic. Things begin to change that Michael decided to leave the Catholic institution and take the young Owen and raise him. But things turn badly during their journey that the end leads to a tragic conclusion.
The movie definitely touches a lot of themes from the virtues of pride and faith which was exhibited by Michael which affects the decisions that he has made in the film. Also, we get to see themes of humanism and familial life particularly that of both Michael and Owen in their characters. Finally, we also get to see how the Catholic Church has become different especially in the era of modernism.
The conclusion will definitely affect the viewer as to how they would view this movie. But one must realize that both major characters are flawed,limited, and weak as individuals. Finally,one must not look forward to happy endings on all movies that they watch for life is always far from a bed of roses and tragedies are part of life.
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