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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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Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers:

Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou (as Efthimis Filippou)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Abrahams ... Donkey Shooter
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Doctor
Jessica Barden ... Nosebleed Woman
Olivia Colman ... Hotel Manager
Anthony Dougall Anthony Dougall ... 70 Year Old Waiter
Sean Duggan ... Guard Waiter
Colin Farrell ... David
Roland Ferrandi ... Loner Leader's Father
James Finnegan James Finnegan ... Bald Man
Robert Heaney Robert Heaney ... Restaurant Waiter
Rosanna Hoult ... David's Wife
Jaro Jaro ... Bob the Dog
Ryac Ryac ... Bob the Dog
Ashley Jensen ... Biscuit Woman
Kathy Kelly Kathy Kelly ... Police Officer 1
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Ireland | UK | Greece | France | Netherlands

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Release Date:

16 October 2015 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

La langosta See more »

Filming Locations:

County Kerry, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,252, 15 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,699,235, 25 September 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,978,887, 4 August 2016
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie mainly focuses around three colors; blue, green and different shades of red (beige pink to a deeper red). This can be noticed in the background and the clothes throughout the movie, and how the short sighted woman says that she would wear blue and green clothes. Another example is when Colin Farrell's character brings up that lobsters are "blue blooded," and lobsters are red as well. See more »

Goofs

In the shopping mall, whilst the female officer is questioning the kneeling woman who says that her husband is away, the officer goes and crouches down to look at the kneeling woman's shoes and puts her hands on the soles of them. In the next shot suddenly both of the officer's wrists are resting on her thighs near her knees, with her hands nowhere near the kneeling woman's shoes. See more »

Quotes

Hotel Manager: Now have you thought of what animal you'd like to be if you end up alone?
David: Yes. A lobster.
Hotel Manager: Why a lobster?
David: Because lobsters live for over one hundred years, are blue-blooded like aristocrats, and stay fertile all their lives. I also like the sea very much.
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A Comedy?
1 January 2017 | by tommya-44644See all my reviews

I don't know how this could be classified as a comedy, even a black comedy. In any comedy, I would expect at least to smile, not scowl through the whole thing.

If this is supposed to be about. . . conformity, resistance to authority, love even . . . I can think of more appealing ways to deal with those subjects.

"Captures the nature of love in the 21st century." Seriously? If that's what love is, don't let it anywhere near me!

Like Youth, this is just another case of letting myself be influenced by critics raving about a movie, and then suffering through the entire thing waiting for something redeeming to happen, if only in my own mind, only to be disappointed in the end. In this case, sorely disappointed.

Why I occasionally waste two hours at a time on drivel like this escapes me.


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