Address: Valdimar Jóhannsson Distribution: Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ester Bibi, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson Original title: muttonCountry: Iceland Year: 2021 Release date: 11-26-2021 Gender: Fantastic Script: Sjón Sigurdsson, Valdimar Jóhannsson Photography: Eli arenson Synopsis: María and Ingvar live in isolation with their herd of lambs on an island in Iceland. When they discover a mysterious newborn, they decide to keep him and raise him as their own child. This new perspective brings a lot of happiness to the couple, but nature has one last surprise in store for them …
It is not easy to criticize a film whose main virtue has to do with something that happens at the end. And it is not easy because it is unfair to set the viewer up for surprise. However, it is the only way to state why muttonA fantastic drama about a farmer couple raising a sheep as their daughter, it is more complex and interesting than it sounds. Its value goes beyond the originality of the plot and its fascinating visual representation., two things for which Valdimar Jóhannsson’s film already deserves praise. And it goes beyond its interest as an eccentric metaphor for motherhood or loss.
What makes it really interesting is that surprising twist that implies a question about what we are doing to fantastic cinema. With the added perversion that in the United States, it is distributed by A24, which is assigned by default the absurd label of ‘high terror’, mutton seems to want to remind us with that unexpected event (and tons of joke) that, no matter how much we underestimate it, using it as a pretext to tell our intimate stories, the fantastic always ends up revealing itself and marking its territory.
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