Directed by: Ross Partridge
Starring: Ross Partridge (Lamb), Oona Laurence (Tommie), Jess Weixler (Linny), Tom Bower (Foster)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Genres: Old-Young Relationships
Plot – Spoilers:
Lamb isn’t able to hold down his job and the death of his father leaves him uncertain about what’s next. He feels unworthy of the affections of a younger work colleague and is getting ready to drift through his days, when he meets eleven year-old Tommie at a mall’s parking lot. He alternates between giving her life-tips and exhibiting bizarre behaviour like pretending to abduct her. And yet, his general demeanor is nice enough and Tommie’s life drab enough for her to start enjoying his company. So when he invites her on a long trip to his remote country home, she readily agrees, even though he gives her a new name Emily, and instructions to pretend to be father and daughter in case they’re stopped.
Thoughts – Massive Spoilers:
For the longest time, you’re left confused about Lamb and even Tommie. What do either want out of this. But with Lamb as the grownup, your attention is more on him as the narrative continually confuses you into handing him the benefit of doubt.
The whole house-in-the-middle-of-nowhere seems like Lamb trying to isolate himself and Tommie from the judging eyes of the world – if no one were around, it would be idyllic because he then wouldn’t be forced to confront his guilt.
Lamb himself is most likely a victim of abuse, going by the story he tells of his brother sleeping outside of their home. Unless, this was just a made-up story like the others he came up with.
Could think of three possibilities of Lamb’s intentions:
1. He’s in a bad space and recognizes a similar soul in Tommie, and thinks she’s at an age where there’s still hope to steer her out of her inevitably empty future. A sort of Holden Caulfield trying to help her in an unconventional way.
2. The above assumes no physical intimacy between the two. Then there’s the thought that Lamb was taking it as it went – trying to see if he could groom Tommie into a consensual relationship. Like when he asked her to mess up the hotel room so it would feel like she was inviting him into her room.
He probably jogged down this path until the incident where he spilled a drink on her and she hysterically yelled at him to Go away. Her hysteria was probably itself a reaction to sensing for the first time, something sinister in him. In any case, this probably shook him out of the convenient reverie he had allowed himself to slip into, and turned on the slow drip of guilt.
3. Despite all the talk and outward facade, Lamb actually got physical with Tommie – the bits where she says her stomach hurts and even throws up, could be more than simple reactions to their lifestyle and the arrival of Linny.
Didn’t get this garbage at all, load of shit!
Shockingly good film. By the end I wasn’t sure if he fully groomed her and he knew she was pregnant, or father figure
??? I am not really entirely understanding this film. Kind of confusing at times. But still thanks for showing this film EUM. Love this website!
Beautifully made film, but unfortunately the close-minded puritans of the world will condemn it without even seeing it. There’s nothing shocking in the movie, at worst its uncomfortable. But the ending made me cry so hard, because these characters are so well-rounded and the performances are amazing.
Obviously there is a lot that happened to Lamb off-screen, I feel these are subtle indications to his true character. Lamb isn’t a child molester, I think he was just desperate to be a father to someone.
Lamb is not a bad guy. He’s not a cho-mo or a kidnapper. But the death of his father really rattled his cage. He’s 40+ years old, somewhat of a loser, confirmed by his employer stating how he really fucked things up, a rapidly fading party animal, again confirmed by his nothing more then sexual relationship with a much younger co-worker, and he’s coming to grips that life is passing him by. Enter Tommie who give him the an opportunity to be a mentor and father-figure to the child who desperately needs of this type of caring relationship. This is a much deeper, soul-stabbing movie that gently pokes at life’s missed opportunities we all have. Bravo, EUM….. Bravo!
I like it. Reminds me of when I was 13.
Honestly one of the most disgusting films about pedo manipulation of an 11 year old girl I have ever seen. Most people who have commented seemed to have missed the point. It starts out with Gary/David/whatever his real name is’s wife Cathy leaving him (must have found out he was a pedo). Then we get introduced to his 21 year old blonde girlfriend who he has probably been banging since she was 11 but she is too old for him now. The last tear filled scene in the car gives away that he has been banging 11 year old Tommie for at least a week, without the graphic sexual depictions displayed on the screen. Really twisted and sick film if you ask me. Bravo! Well done! 4 out of 5. Effed up for sure. Well acted too, especially Oona Lawrence – a very sophisticated performance for such a young actress.
I was hoping this was ”Dr Lamb” film, and then being disappointed that it wasnt. Oh well.
Really hated this because it gave pedo vibes.
What a fantastic movie, that is so hard to describe without spoiling. It’s honestly kind of crazy how it manages to reel you into the intensity of the relationship with a lot of nuance and complexity. It was terrifying, watching how easy it was for this one man to indoctrinate others into his orbit and manipulate them, but also refreshing for it being a selfish, empty, sad, lonely man to even attempt some sort of reflection and question his humanity. Honestly, what great characters and performances. Lamb is a scary, quietly powerful man who is somehow able to speak deeply about what he wants specifically while still being vague enough to forfeit relationships, conversations, and interactions, and what happens to that little girl feels so real. The whole thing is realistically just a creepy, fucked-up situation and (SEMI-SPOILER) it’s sad knowing how much power he’s going to have over her in the long run, especially concerning her situation. She’s going to grow up hung up over people who aren’t him. He fucked with her head to make them out to be the heroes of the story rather than two people in a pre-conceived scheme to (supposedly) emotionally validate themselves. Holy shit. Nice.
Notice how Lamb constantly “narrates” or “writes” his life like a romance like in Lolita ’97 ICK
Great film, deep, slow and sad. Nothing effed up here, just an heartbreaking love story.
Did you pedopervs learn any new tricks from this?
that was interesting. of course he groomed her just not sexually, which it doesn’t make it less creepy and wrong. even if he just “wanted a friend” without any bad intention, that’s definitely not the way of doing things. personally i don’t think lamb was a bad guy/pedo, just a very fucked up man who made all the wrong choices