Movie Diary 12/27/2021

Lamb (Valdimar Johannsson, 2021). Little folk tale set way out in an Icelandic faraway, where a farming couple (Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snaer Gudmason) welcome a new arrival. That’s all you need to know before you watch this, and you should watch this.

The Burnt Orange Heresy (Giuseppe Capotondi, 2019). This adaptation of a Charles Willeford novel was about to open in March 2020 when everything fell away, so it felt like unfinished business to me. The plot is very peculiar: An art critic (Claes Bang, from The Square) picks up a companion (Elizabeth Debicki) at one of his lectures, then takes her on a visit to the Lake Como estate of a rich collector (Mick Jagger), who has a plan to get a canvas from the world’s most secretive artist (Donald Sutherland). This quartet of actors is very enjoyable to watch, and the banter is lively. I’m not sure it adds up to more than a neo-noir exercise, but that’s all right. Jagger should do more of this kind of thing.