When Ephraim, an Ethiopian boy, is sent from his homeland to live with distant relatives, he takes his beloved sheep with him. One day, his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for the upcoming religious feast, but Ephraim is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.
Fitting into the 'slice of life' sub-genre that seems to be so popular in some festivals and for some Western public, "Lamb" doesn't stray far away of the 'movie from little known place that tells you how poor and difficult they have it in their everyday life'. Does that mean that it is a bad movie or that it does a bad job in doing it? No, but it has zero originality and follows too closely the 'unknown-culture- stereotypes' rule-book.
Ephraïm's mother has died, and his father leaves him with some relatives. With him he basically takes the clothes he is wearing and Chuni, his lamb, that was his mother's. Will Ephraïm be able to keep Chuni alive, or will she end up roasted?
"Lamb" is at its best in the moments when it takes the story with a little bit of humor and centers on Ephraïm's efforts to keep the lamb alive. But when it follows the 'explaining-the-culture-to-all-those- white-people-in-front-of-the-screen' moments it just can't keep the level. From the music to all those meetings of people where they talk about the past or the country's culture it reeks too much of being a movie being made with the foreign-rich market in mind.
Too bad, because the lamb's story is one that could have been way more interesting.
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