The Lobster

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The Lobster

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The director of Dogtooth brings a surreal spin to modern relationships for his English-language debut.

Can you crack The Lobster? It’s a movie that requires you to decide whether deadpan weirdness and high-concept ruminations on love and life are enough for you. This is the first English-language film from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). It has an eye-grabbing ensemble cast—Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly included—and for about an hour of its nearly two-hour running time, it’s deliciously engaging and sharp, mixing awkward chuckles with sinister chills. But it’s tough to maintain the sort of conceit on which The Lobster rides.

It’s set at an edge-of-town hotel, noteworthy only for its lack of noteworthiness. But you’ll find that there’s a strange system at play: It’s compulsory for singles to find a partner, under the watch of an oppressive staff, foot soldiers for a tyranny of coupledom. If you don’t find a partner within 45 days, you’ll be surgically turned into an animal of your choice (Farrell has already decided to be a lobster). If you escape, your fellow captives will chase you down with tranquilizer darts. For each “kill,” the hunter gains a day.

This is cinema in quote marks, tongue-in-cheek storytelling that uses absurdity to hold a mirror to how we live and love. At its best, it has incisive things to say about how we shape ourselves and others just to banish the fear of being alone. If only it were able to maintain its scabrous, surreal edge all the way through instead of releasing it in short, sharp bursts.


Release details

Release date:
Friday May 13 2016
118 mins

Cast and crew

Yorgos Lanthimos
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Colin Farrell
Léa Seydoux
Rachel Weisz
John C. Reilly

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What a weird ass movie that's also hilariously fantastic. It's one of those movies that makes you wonder about the value our society puts on romance and relationships. It keeps you guessing right up until the very end. The best part is probably that nothing is explained about the dystopian world, you just have to jump in and go along with it until it starts to make sense.

Fine, I will come out and say it right off the bat: this movie is not for everyone. That said, it's one of the best movies I have ever seen, and definitely my favorite of 2016 so far. 

The Lobster is wonderfully WEIRD, hilariously on point, and amazingly acted. It is basically a clever satire of how our society sees relationships. A must watch, especially if you are single. Colin Farrel is spectacular.

One of those movies that leaves you thinking about it for a while. It's also really really laugh out loud funny. Give it a chance and you will be surprised.


There’s a Marmite effect to this movie –you either love it or hate it.

The utterly weird concept, the very slow-pace and the sometimes ultra-violent scenes could all be a turn off. But give this film a chance and you might find that it delivers a unique take on love and human connections, with Colin Farrel’s performance excelling in bringing it to life.

You leave the cinema wondering what you truly want from a relationship and that’s incredible. Re-evaluating your Tinder choices, you’re left redefining and questioning the concept of love in modern societies. Whether you’re a proud singleton or a desperate single, whether you’re in a contented relationship or in a failing marriage, the emotions this film stirs are way too real to dismiss.