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The Lobster (2015)

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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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Jacqueline Abrahams ...
Donkey Shooter
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Doctor
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Nosebleed Woman
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Hotel Manager
Anthony Dougall ...
70 Year Old Waiter
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Guard Waiter
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Roland Ferrandi ...
Loner Leader's Father
James Finnegan ...
Bald Man
Robert Heaney ...
Restaurant Waiter
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David's Wife
Jaro ...
Bob the Dog
Ryac ...
Bob the Dog
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Biscuit Woman
Kathy Kelly ...
Police Officer 1
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A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods. Written by R. Byma

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An unconventional love story by Yorgos Lanthimos.


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Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, and some violence | See all certifications »

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16 October 2015 (Ireland)  »

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€4,000,000 (estimated)

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$190,252 (USA) (13 May 2016)

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$8,699,235 (USA) (23 September 2016)
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Altough many consider this as Yorgos Lanthimos' first English spoken film, the truth is that the director's first is Necktie, a short film featured in Venezia 70: Future Reloaded. See more »

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After the heartless woman falls down from getting shot by David with a tranquilizer gun, her skirt falls open high enough to see her underwear. When David approaches her, her skirt is now covering up the underwear. See more »

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David: [as the Biscuit Woman screams in pain in the distance] What happened?
Heartless Woman: She jumped from the window from 180. There is blood and biscuits everywhere.
David: I hope she dies right away.
David: [he pauses] On second thought, I hope she suffers quite a bit before she dies. I just hope her pathetic screams can't be heard from my room, because I was thinking about having a lie down, and I need peace and quiet. I was playing golf, and the last thing I need is some woman dying slowly and loudly.
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Bleep Disco
Written and performed by Johnnie Burn
Published by Tonic Music Ltd.
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A beautiful dream with Colin Farrell's best screen role ever...
27 September 2015 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews



It took some time to let Yorgos Lanthimos' new film "The Lobster" settle into my mind. On the surface is a dark comedy, full of rich images, and staggering performances from its principal cast. Deeper lays one of the most original and heart wrenching stories on modern relationships, likely the best seen in film since Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

"The Lobster" tells the story of a dystopian near future, where 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. At the center is David (played by Colin Farrell), who enters the Hotel with his brother, who's been turned into a dog, and begins a domino effect that will make him both an outcast and a fugitive.

Beginning with a hilarious and smart script by Lanthimos and co- writer Efthymis Filippou, "The Lobster" gets some of the year's biggest laughs. The two create a symphony of truth about our society's perception of relationships and love. When David first enters the hotel, you can see the initial despair and fight against the system. He believes in the idea of love but isn't particularly fond of being under its spell once again. Its simply life and death but when the story makes him an outcast, where love is forbidden, you see his hopeless romantic self become drawn to his "Short Sighted Woman." (played by Rachel Weisz) The evolution of David's outlook on his current situation is authentic and real, as he shows the center of his heartache in only intermittent spurts. You can thank all that to the powerhouse performance by Colin Farrell, who delivers his best and most audacious film role to date.

"The Lobster" isn't just about its script and lead performer. It also assembles one of the year's best cast ensembles. Rachel Weisz is a sensation, giving her best work since her Oscar-winning role in "The Constant Gardener." As the "Lisping Man," its refreshing to see John C. Reilly dig deep into a role like this, one of which we haven't seen from him in nearly a decade. As the "Limping Man," Ben Whishaw continues to build an arsenal of titanic-like performances, all of which solidifies him as one of the best kept secrets working today. More roles for him please. As the "Loner Leader," Léa Seydoux's villainous and vile demeanor is a fantastical addition, adding a needed depth and danger to the film and role. Olivia Colman's Hotel Manager is a bonus treat, as she effortlessly brings chuckles and fear to her mystery woman.

Cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis finds his stride and vision early on, capturing an aesthetic that is both stylized and advantageous. The visual contrast is dazzling and particularly noteworthy but what's lurking between each and every frame is especially dynamic and robust. One of the year's very best. Upon first viewing, Yorgos Mavropsaridis' editing work can seem bloated but over 24 hours later, it's a taut and vivaciously engaging piece, cut with a resemblance of Jeff Buchanan and Eric Zumbrunnen's snubbed work on Spike Jonze's "Her." The score is insanely haunting and very appropriate for its dark natured comic look at life.

It took some time to digest but "The Lobster" feels full of life and is a soulful opus on love. Quirky and clever, its black comic tones shouldn't distract from its core narrative and mission; to engage the parimeters and infatuation of devotion. Just a dream.


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