Critical Condition: Lambs of God

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☆☆☆☆ “Foxtel’s intensely gothic and deliriously compelling four-part series Lambs of God, from the creator/writer Sarah Lambert (adapting Marele Day’s best-selling novel) and, marking his best work yet, director Jeffrey Walker (Ali’s Wedding, Dance Academy: The Movie, Riot). It plays out like a religious-themed Misery, with a hapless male protagonist rather, shall we say, overcome by hosts of a place that wouldn’t get a great rating on AirBnB.” — The Guardian.

☆☆☆☆ “The production values are wonderful, and the story takes you to unexpected places and depths. It subverts your expectations, starting off as a gothic thriller before shifting gears into something more transcendent. Even though the back half of the series feels a little rushed, by then you’re hooked, and you are committed … Its rich themes are universal, applicable to any culture with a tradition of storytelling (ie. all of them), as it weaves its narrative and filmic magic across the screen.” — news.com.au.

☆☆☆☆ “Expect the unexpected in this audacious international co-production. With a global cast (headed by Aussie Essie Davis, Brit Jessica Barden and American Ann Dowd) and astonishing Tasmanian and New South Wales landscapes standing in for some place that might or might not be Ireland – ravishingly captured by cinematographer Don McAlpine – Lambs of God is just as free and easy with its genre-hopping.” — Sydney Morning Herald.

☆☆☆ Lambs of God staggers from superheated passion – like a modern-day take on the Joan of Arc story – to absurd bathos … But, look, this destabilisation of tone and genre – clumsy as it seems and off-putting as it most definitely is – pays enormous dividends in the final chapter.” — Screen Hub.

☆☆☆ “The isolation and tension in the book, with three nuns hiding on an island church for an escape into a warped version of formalised religion is fairly well reflected in the TV show. However I think the story is far more impressive in filmic form – the reworking of fairy tales is particularly poignant in the final episode – and the performances of Ann Dowd (who played Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale), Essie Davis (the Phryne Fisher stories) and Jessica Barden as the leads are particularly engaging.” — Patheos.

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