Run time: 119 mins
Sam Neill stars in this warm-hearted Australian (a rare strong) remake of the 2015 fabulous Icelandic black comedy.
In Western Australia, Colin (Neill) tends to his beloved prize-winning sheep, while his brother Les (Michael Caton) runs the ranch next door. They haven’t spoken since a severe falling-out 40 years ago. When local vet confirms a highly infectious disease, and the entire region needs to slaughter the rare-breed flocks and decontaminate their farms the brother’s mixed anger hits the big-city official sent to manage it. Colin reluctantly complies, while Les resists. But it will take much more to get these brothers to face the past to protect their future.
A superbly understated performance from Neill relates a man who knows what needs to be done but has no time for the idiot officials who haven’t a clue about rural life. Caton brings a terrific rebellious streak to Les, which plays into their ongoing family feud. That they’re going to need each whether they like it or not, is the nub, and gem, of the tale. Shifting between lively humour and dark blame, Rams is a delicate, faithful adaptation which keeps the spirit of the original intact. (Chris Coetsee)
Watch out for our must-see original (2015) the then unknown, Icelandic RAMS in September