The Lobster

The Lobster

(2015)

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in this dystopian romantic comedy from director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). Set in a near future with strict rules about finding a partner, single people are taken to The Hotel, where they have 45 days to find a partner - otherwise they are transformed into an animal and sent into the woods. Winner of the Jury Prize, Queer Palm and Palm Dog at Cannes Film Festival 2015. John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman co-star.

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Star-driven satire on coupledom de-glamorises its leads, who operate at a remove from each other and the audience while accepted conventions of romance are disturbed in true dystopian fashion. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz et al remain detached from the inherent absurdity in The Lobster as they navigate its world of dog-matically enforced co-dependence (and elsewhere, independence). For the most part eliciting chuckles, with the odd belly laugh thrown in, this offers an ever-watchable examination of social mores that strangely leaves one’s heart untouched, even as it sweeps a broom through modern relationships.


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BY Gerd superstar

Extremely boring arty farty, avoid at all cost.


BY Red superstar

The joke is stretched probably too far in The Lobster, could've been shorter. But nonetheless a funny and wry comedy, with a great ending.


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