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The Lobster (2015)

119 Min.
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In a nutshell... In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

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Why It Makes My List

I am thankful that I married and had kids before the social media age. Being half of an aspirational couple or being single-by-choice seems increasingly urgent and important. Technology facilitates this, of course. Dating apps do away with the practical constraints that once gave us cover. Social media platforms pressure us to state and justify our current status.  While The Lobster only makes oblique reference to these aggravating factors, it brilliantly skewers the attitudes society has towards being single (or not), and the reckless choices we can make as a result.

Other Reasons To Watch

The Lobster brims with originality while being both surreal and coherent. It takes place in a tightly mapped-out fictional world that is disturbing yet frequently laugh-out-loud funny in its absurdity.

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Colin Farrell, who gained 40 pounds for the role, is barely recognisable and entirely convincing as the hapless David, while Rachel Weisz gives her best performance since The Constant Gardener (2005) as the short sighted woman. There are also excellent contributions from Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, Jessica Barden and Ashley Jensen.
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The Lobster doesn't present true love as the answer to everything, like so many other films. It does something far more interesting. It persuades us to accept the human condition as it is and reject comforting illusions and easy solutions.
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Reason To Pass
Reason To Pass

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The Lobster is a bit too long, with the story losing its way a little in the second half, failing to maintain the momentum of the first hour.

Don't Watch If...

You believe that romantic comedies by Richard Curtis teach us valuable life lessons.

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Available in: United Kingdom Canada South Africa Ireland

Last Checked: 06/05/2017
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Director Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Barden, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Aggeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Ben Whishaw

Genres Comedy, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Romantic Dramas