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Scene it: The bestial plot of ‘Lamb’ — so bad ewe can’t look away

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A man carrying a lamb stands next to a woman.
Instead of the intended screams, “Lamb” (2021) elicits laughs, Rorye Jones PO ’23 writes. (Courtesy: Go to Sheep)

This article contains spoilers for “Lamb” (2021) 

CW: Mentions of incest and bestiality

So, you’re in the mood for a horror movie. You check the most recent films and stumble upon “Lamb” (2021) as a solid contender for your horror/drama needs. Rural Iceland, lambs, children — surely, these idyllic components would be ripe for corruption by a deliciously sinister plot. 

I’ve never laughed so hard watching a movie by myself.

Though I was never scared, do not mistake me: I was highly entertained. 

A couple with obvious marital troubles lives a heretofore monotonous life fleecing sheep and sowing seeds in the middle of nowhere, Iceland. Indeed, the story’s setting is a stunning landscape of snow-crested mountains and gently swaying grasses studded with yellow flowers, evoking major “The Sound of Music” imagery. But here, the hills are alive with the sound of bestiality, murder, light incest and a jealous case of “the other woman” being an actual sheep — and the plot keeps rolling downhill from there. 

The plot is utterly absurd; this much is undeniable. Watching this movie requires a heavy suspension of disbelief, and then some. Without giving too much away, perhaps the most ridiculous emblem of the movie is its protagonist: Ada, the farm couple’s “kid,” is a lamb-hybrid child born in the barn and raised in the house, with laughably sparse open dialogue addressing how these circumstances came to be. 

That is, how, exactly, the half-human, half-lamb child came into existence, and why the wife accepts Ada into her house, both of which are never explicitly dealt with throughout the movie. Far from amplifying the drama, shying away from the significant details of the story actually created a humorous effect: Honey, I did a sheep, and I’m not gonna bring it up over breakfast.

Instead, these emotionally disturbing events are left simmering under the surface, adding to the web of household tensions. This, at least, stands as proof of the director’s excellent capability in perfecting the art of dramatic buildup; one promise of the movie successfully delivered, where horror fails.

However, the implications of Ada’s existence are very much underlying the entirety of the film. We are certainly led to believe that Pétur, the farm husband, did the dirty to a sheep in the barn one foul night (because his marital sex life has run cold, so instead of fixing that, he turns to abusing animals). 

Cut to Ada as a toddler, and we see the most inane rendition of a hybrid child to ever grace the big screen (yes, worse than “Sweet Tooth”). Ada’s head? Entirely sheep. Ada’s legs and torso? Decidedly human, save for hooves.

 

The effect of the realistic sheep animation is that of a puppet head glued onto a toddler’s body. However, the silliness of this image is magnified by the decision to dress Ada’s character in human clothes — now, we have a sheep puppet wearing skinny jeans and a The North Face puffer jacket. Ridiculous.

The Frankenstein lamb child concept could have been executed so much better. To me, deciding to keep Ada as an eternal baby-lamb for the duration of the movie would have been an acceptable alternative, leaving her body swathed in blankets and thus saving the director from having to seriously portray an admissible hybrid creation (which did not come to pass). In fact, Ada’s appearance (and the premises leading to her existence) made the film downright comical as opposed to horrific.

Perhaps even more tickling than Ada’s appearance are the actions of María, the farm wife who is forced to deal with not only the fact that her husband has a thing for sheep, but also, the living, half-human product of his animal abuse. Though the circumstances are already strange, the writing surpasses strange as we are led to believe María grows jealous of the female sheep that her husband banged — yes, I repeat, jealous of an abused animal. I had no choice but to laugh at this ludicrous implication as it played out across the storyline. 

Though the movie in general is objectively bad, the only major bone I have to pick involves the categorization of “Lamb” as a horror film. When movies are labeled as such, I, as a viewer, demand to be scared. If anything, “Lamb” approaches the category of slow-burning psychological thriller, not anything remotely resembling horror.

Please, movie-genre-consensus-choosers, do not leave me hanging with such a seductive description of a film as a horror movie. It was such a sinister trailer, only to turn around and disappoint me waiting through the whole thing just for the flash of a furry something that is nowhere near as disturbing as the concept of a man screwing a ewe and the ewe then giving birth to a half-ewe. 

Regardless of its miscategorization as a horror film — truly, rom-com would almost be more fitting — “Lamb” is an hour and 46 minutes of pure amusement that could definitely fill the void of boredom. If you seek a serious film, or one that is genuinely scary, search elsewhere. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the train wreck.

Rorye Jones PO ’23 is TSL’s TV and film columnist. If you see her on campus, please feel free to assail her with unsolicited TV and film recommendations (actually).

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The Guardian: Trump tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of 2020 debate with Biden

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The previously unknown positive test is disclosed in Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows’ memoir “The Chief’s Chief,” a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian ahead of the book’s publication next week.

Trump said in a statement Wednesday, “the story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake News. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate.”

CNN has reached out to Meadows and then-White House physician Dr. Sean Conley for comment.

Trump received the positive test on September 26, 2020, according to Meadows, The Guardian reported. That day Trump hosted a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which was later deemed a super spreader event, by medical experts. At least 12 people who attended the event tested positive.

Trump, who Meadows said looked “a little tired,” was en route to a rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania, that night when Meadows received a call from Conley informing him that Trump tested positive for Covid-19, according to the excerpt. Meadows wrote that Conley told him, “Stop the president from leaving. He just tested positive for Covid.”

Meadows claims in his book that the positive test was done with an old model kit, The Guardian reported.

Trump was subsequently tested with “the Binax system” an antigen test for Covid-19, and returned a negative result, Meadows wrote. It is unclear if the first test which returned the positive result was an antigen test or PCR test.

According to the FDA’s guidelines, when using the Binax test, “Negative results do not rule out SARS-Covid-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decision.”

Meadows wrote that Trump took the negative test as “full permission to press on as if nothing had happened,” but Meadows instructed those in Trump’s “immediate circle to treat him as if he was positive,” The Guardian reports.

“I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks,” Meadows wrote, according to The Guardian, “but I also didn’t want to alarm the public if there was nothing to worry about.”

A former senior White House official told CNN that word had circulated inside the West Wing before the first presidential debate that Trump had tested positive for Covid.

In between those dates, Trump appeared at a White House reception for Gold Star families and held a press briefing indoors on September 27, 2020. He also visited his golf club in Sterling, Virginia, earlier that day, according to pool reports.
Then-President Donald Trump participates in the first presidential debate against then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The following day, Trump held an event on the South Lawn of the White House, where he met with workers from Lordstown Motors, and later appeared in the White House Rose Garden to hail a new testing strategy for coronavirus.

On September 29, 2020, Trump traveled to Cleveland for his first presidential debate against his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Trump arrived too late to be tested ahead of the debate, according to Fox News’ anchor Chris Wallace, who moderated the debate.

During the debate, Trump and Biden adhered to social distance protocols, but the two candidates — both in their 70s — were indoors in a room with dozens of people in the audience, some of whom were not masked.

Trump on September 30 traveled to Minnesota for an outdoor rally in Duluth and a private fundraiser in Minneapolis.

Trump announced early Friday, October 2, 2020 that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19. He was hospitalized later that night.

According to the White House, Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on October 1, just two days after the debate.

In a later interview with NBC News, Trump would not definitively say whether he was tested for Covid-19 on the day of his first debate against Biden and said he could not recall the last time he tested negative for coronavirus before testing positive on October 1.

During a news conference on October 3, 2020, as Trump was receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for Covid, Conley would not disclose Trump’s last negative test for the virus, saying, “I’m not going to get into all the testing going back, but he and all his staff routinely are tested.”

In his book, Meadows wrote that although he knew each candidate was required to test negative within 72 hours of the debate’s start time “…Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there,” The Guardian reported.

After the then-president announced he had Covid, Meadows was refusing to tell his own staffers the precise timeline of when Trump had tested positive at the time, the former senior White House official added.

The official went on to say the virus simply was not taken seriously by some senior aides.

Staffers were sometimes in meetings and around other aides before going home sick with Covid.

“There was a bizarre indifference about getting others sick among some people in the west wing,” the official said.

A separate aide also said Meadows was keeping staffers in the dark about exact details of Trump’s illness.

Asked Wednesday about The Guardian report and whether he thought Trump put him at risk at the time, Biden told White House reporters, “I don’t think about the former President.”

This story has been updated with additional information.

CNN’s Gabby Orr and Kevin Liptak contributed to this reporting.

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Covid-19: Gurugram fully vaccinates 89% of its eligible population

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Nearly 89% of eligible population in Gurugram has been vaccinated with both doses against Covid-19, according to data from the district health department on Wednesday.

In Gurugram, first-dose vaccination has crossed 100% as several people from other districts and a migrating population have also been vaccinated in the district, health officials said.

Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer (CMO), Gurugram, said, “It is a matter of pride for all of us that almost 90% eligible population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the district.”

In Gurugram, 1,803,656 people are eligible for Covid-19 vaccination. Of which, 1,600,752 (88.75%) beneficiaries have been administered both doses of vaccine, shows the data. So far, the district has administered a total of over 3.86 million doses — 2,262,523 first doses and 1,600,752 second doses.

According to the officials, on Wednesday, 13,435 people were given the Covid-19 vaccine in the district, with 3,559 people administered first dose and 9,876 second dose.

When asked about by when the district is targeting to achieve 100% vaccination, the CMO said, “We have not set any target as such, our focus is on continuous vaccination of all eligible people. To increase the pace of vaccination, 14 morning and four evening vaccination sessions have also been conducted in the past few days apart from vaccination at fixed sites.”

On November 11, Gurugram had achieved the mark of 80% double-dose vaccination coverage, when the state government set a deadline of January 2022 to achieve 100% vaccination coverage to all districts.

Meanwhile, the CMO directed the private hospitals in the district to conduct two mega vaccination drives in December so that the vaccination pace could be further increased.

The officials said that the door-to-door vaccination campaign has also helped and will continue in December. Till now, 101,784 people have been vaccinated through the door-to-door campaign in the district which started in November.

A new initiative was also started by the CMO from Wednesday where all the hospitals, labs, industries, malls and other institutions will be given special appreciation for getting 100% vaccination done of all their employees.

The health department, with the help of district administration, is also planning to start a checking drive again against those who do not wear face masks, as special instructions have been received from the state government to prepare for any possible third wave especially in the wake of the new Omicron variant.

“I appeal to the general public to wear face masks and follow all Covid-19 safety protocols seriously. People who are not wearing a face mask will be dealt with strictly. The district administration will now intensify the checking in public places,” said Yadav.

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How Gujarat’s Goan coach plotted Goa’s ouster in the Santosh Trophy | Goa News

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Panaji: When the Gujarat State Football Association (GSFA) appointed Marcelino Pereira as their head coach for the senior team, the brief was simple. Don’t concede too many goals in the Santosh Trophy qualifiers, like they did in the past, particularly against strong teams like Goa.
In the previous edition, which was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Gujarat finished bottom of their group and conceded 13 goals in four games.
When a new committee took charge of the GSFA, they started the hunt for an outstation coach. They asked around, got recommendations and among those who suggested Marcelino was India U-16 head coach Bibiano Fernandes.
The choice was spot on.
Pereira got a free hand to select the players he wanted. Most of them were amateur footballers who were groomed for a month. What followed stunned Indian football.
Pereira’s Gujarat team knocked five-time champions Goa out of the national football championship for the Santosh Trophy. The 1-0 victory in Bhavnagar helped Gujarat qualify for the main draw of the tournament after 36 years.
Not surprisingly, Gujarat celebrated, and Goa mourned.
“Gujarat is not like what it was before,” Marcelino told TOI on Wednesday. “Gujarat will be one of the powerful sporting states because of the facilities here. As Goans say, we are giants of football. We have come up to that level and are slipping now, I think. Other states are quickly catching up.”
Gujarat topped group A with seven points and conceded only a goal, that too in their comeback 2-1 win over Daman and Diu in the second match after a disappointing goalless draw against Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
“In the first game we flopped because Dadra & Nagar Haveli were not playing football. It was more physical. Second match we were down and went on to win the game 2-1. There I got little confidence. And we used it against Goa,” said Marcelino.
Marcelino believes Gujarat is moving in the right direction. They had appointed a Spanish women’s coach for their under-17 residential academy, and it is now showing results. Wingers Rudrarajsinh Jadeja and Anirudhsinh Takor are products of the academy and Marcelino has no doubt about their potential.
Gujarat are delighted but will have a herculean task in the final round against 32-time champions West Bengal, Services and others.
“This team will perform, and I want to work hard with the team, especially in the finishing,” said Marcelino.
While Marcelino has enjoyed the limelight, many fingers have been pointed at Goa’s dismal performance and the role of head coach Anthony Pereira.
“When a team wins, everybody is there with the team, but when they lose, they point out fingers at coaches which is not right. I was surprised when sports personalities remarked that this result is not acceptable. How can you say this? On a given day anybody can play well, and a good team can play worse,” said Marcelino.

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