Some of you my know that my husband is a professional film critic. A few weeks ago he told me that he had to watch a film for review: “I think you might like it. It’s set in Iceland, and it’s about sheep.”
He was entirely correct: the film RAMS is indeed set in Iceland, it’s about sheep… and I absolutely adored it. (Spoiler alert: the professional film critic did, too!) It’s an utterly charming little film about a family in a small farming community dealing with a family crisis and a farming crisis. It won the very prestigious ‘Un Certain Regard’ prize when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
The scenery is fabulous, and the knitwear is amazing. There are scenes – like the one in the photo below – where three-quarters of the people in them are wearing hand-knits. Now, as a knit designer, I’m used to being in environments where three-quarters of the people are wearing handknits, but those are knitting classes and conferences and yarn shops. This isn’t a film about knitting, and these aren’t scenes about knitting: these are just casual scenes in cafes and village halls.
Don’t just take our word for it, you can see all the glowing reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and watch the trailer.
If you’re in the UK, it’s playing in cinemas, and is available for digital rental from BFI.
If you’re in Canada, a regional run starts this Friday in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, opening in Montreal February 26 and throughout the winter in other cities.
If you’re in the US, it’s playing in NY and LA, with other cities coming soon.
Expect VOD/download and DVD releases later this year.
Although I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, I hear that “Addicted to Sheep“, which ran on UK television earlier this week is also a winner. It’s about a sheep farming family, in the north of England, and their question to breed the prefect sheep. Available for viewing .through the BBC iPlayer now, although there are geographic restrictions.