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Lamb 1985 15

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Colin Gregg

In one of Liam Neeson’s earliest starring roles, he plays an errant priest named Lamb who kidnaps a vulnerable boy, Owen (Hugh O'Conor), from an abusive Catholic school.

The pair absconds to London, where Lamb’s initial feelings of relief and freedom soon give way to a growing realisation of the enormity and criminality of his actions, especially given the boy’s frequent epileptic fits.

Neeson’s recent reinvention as an unstoppable action hero seems a world away from his sensitive portrayal of the title character here, and similarly the film’s sympathetic depiction of a clearly problematic (though non-sexual) relationship may seem very much of its time, for today’s audiences. But Lamb is a thought-provoking, adeptly played and occasionally disturbing adaptation of Bernard MacLaverty’s acclaimed novel.

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Directed by

Colin Gregg

Featuring

Hugh O'Conor

Liam Neeson

Genres

Drama

Tags

Catholicism Relationships Priests

Collection

Unavailable on DVD Forgotten Features Based on the Book…

Certificate

15

Released

1985

Country

United Kingdom

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