Rams ★★★½


A.V. Club review. Simple but effective, or maybe I should say simple and effective, or just, simply, effective. The premise—two Icelandic sheepherding brothers who live on adjacent farms but haven't spoken for 40 years, as a result of some quarrel that's wisely never specified—lends itself to comedy, and there's a sight gag here (hospital entrance) that's among the funniest things I've seen in ages. Overall, though, Rams is more amusing than uproarious, and its underlying melancholy builds to a final scene that cuts through a lot of the preceding goofiness (especially jokes about elderly naked men) to achieve a jolting moment of extreme tenderness. I'd wager that's what won it the Un Certain Regard prize.

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