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7.5
/10
5,353 Ratings

The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Ireland, United Kingdom, 2015
Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

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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The Lobster Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Jury Prize

2015 | Special Mention: Queer Palm

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Like its namesake, The Lobster is so cold and spiky that it’s pretty hard to love, and yet no final scene this year left me feeling as complex a mix of emotions as Lanthimos’s finale… The ambiguity here isn’t simply a matter of open-ended narrative gamesmanship, but the culmination of a movie that scuttles agilely and elusively between plausible pathology and stark, fable-like abstraction.
January 16, 2017
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It’s said The Lobster is “dystopian,” “dark,” “absurdist”—critical/zoological shorthand for a semi-endangered species of art film exotica of the Terry Gilliam variety. Superficially, it belongs to the family of surrealism, but Yorgos Lanthimos’s style of rigorous dissociation is better seen as social ritualism. He contrives a stilted, communal, poisoned herd physicality that registers like the telegraphic choreography of silent film if it had been reverse engineered by behaviorist B.F. Skinner.
January 03, 2017
You don’t require things in common to be in love. You don’t need to be in love or out of love. You don’t need to be with someone or without someone. You don’t have to be married. It’s OK to be alone. It’s not OK to be alone, for some. Please consider this mordantly funny and heartbreaking allegory of the terrifying future.
December 31, 2016
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