A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.
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In an era when online dating has made courtship more like a job hunt, is The Lobster a prophesy, or just a bizarre enough concept to stand out? No matter—it's a Rorschach blot packed with style and ideas about the hell of loneliness vs. the hell of coupledom, about expectations that might squash otherwise satisfying human instincts. Fun sidenote: Colin Farrell's character is an architect...so many rom-coms have one.
Not only does Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos survive the transition to English-language cinema, he may have very well delivered his finest film yet with "The Lobster." The filmmaker's relentlessly bleak outlook is tempered somewhat by the droll humor, but much the reason it's hilarious is that - for all its sci-fi conceits - the world of "The Lobster" is disconcertingly close to our own. We laugh because it hurts.
Twisted, demented, fucked up, original, perverted, scary and funny. A concentration camp for loners and an oppressed open world for lovers.
Beautifully shot, edited and narrated.
"I think we are a match" - oh you warped minded psycho.
As a storyteller, I really dig Lanthimos work. He is a parable master within the making of these universes he creates: lonely worlds about the shock of culture and the necessity of exceeding culture boundaries. The Lobster is amazingly shot with natural light and it is truly beautiful as it is contemporary: liquid relationships for a liquid world: at the end - we are all blind, aren't we?
the biggest surprise of the year for me, a truly whimsical film which seems at first obscene in it's cynicism, before parodying itself and finally bursting into some of the most sincere romanticism in contemporary cinema. few moments in movies today are more sensual than the moment of rachel weisz rubbing lotion on colin farrell's back. and some of the most clever comic staging i've seen in years