THE OTHER LAMB
2019, 97 min, Ireland, Belgium, USA
dir. MALGORZATA SZUMOWSKA
Raffey Cassidy (Selah), Michiel Huisman (Shephard), Denise Gough, Ailbhe Cowley (Tamar), Eve Connelly (Adriel), Isabelle Connelly (Eloise)
The Flock, a group of about 20 women live in the Pacific Northwest. The sun to their planet is the Shephard. The women worship him with their bodies as well as their faith, as testified by the number of exclusively female children theyve brought into the tribe.
Life with Shephard is the only life Selah has ever known. Their self-sufficient community possesses no modern technology, and is hidden away in the woods, far from modern civilization. Shephard is the groups guardian, teacher and lover. Each of the many female members of the group is either his wife or daughter. Selah is pure in faith, but also dangerously headstrong. She was raised as a daughter of Shephard, but it is only a matter of time before she stands to become a wife.
As an encounter with the authorities forces women and Selah to build a new Eden further inland, Selah increasingly doubts her faith, and has strange, bloody visions. The onset of puberty brings with it harsh new rituals, and her first shocking glimpse of what happens to Shephards women as they age.
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