Though the opening trailer for A24’s Lamb, directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, appears to be about a couple of lamb-herding farmers enjoying a peaceful life in the highlands, it rapidly takes a sinister turn that echoes both Sweet Tooth and Ari Aster’s Midsommar. Something unusual has been going on with the couple’s shep, and it’s all coming to a head. watch the trailer below
You can tell something’s wrong with Maria (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) from their heated exchanges—and that’s before they wind up sitting on the dusty floor of a barn helping a sheep give birth to a baby lamb.
As Maria andIngvar stare down at the lamb, the trailer doesn’t say what’s wrong right away but based on the creature’s slightly human-like noises, it’s apparent that whatever it is isn’t a farm animal. The brief picture of Maria kneeling in a graveyard coupled with her cradling the baby lamb-thing in a swaddling blanket in the trailer makes it appear as though she is embracing it as a substitute, maybe for her own kid. The way all of the lambs on the farm appear to flock towards Maria and Ingvar’s house as if they’re demanding to see the creature that was born in the barn, is particularly strange. Pétur (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson), whose stony response to seeing the lamb/human hybrid child implies he’ll be the one to speak the obvious, appears to be the only one who can address the strange vibe in Maria and Ingvar’s home.
Lamb’s trailer doesn’t reveal what the creature is or how it came to be, but the few shots of a small child with a lamb head suggest that the couple should maybe turn themselves in for animal abuse and consider whether they’ve brought some sort of demon into the world. Given A24’s track record of putting out beautiful, disturbing movies (and the flower crown the lamb child wears), it feels safe to assume that when the movie hits theaters in the near future, it going to leave audiences uncomfortable and reevaluating their feelings about petting zoos.