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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Donkey Shooter
... Doctor
... Nosebleed Woman
... Hotel Manager
Anthony Dougall ... 70 Year Old Waiter
... Guard Waiter
... David
... Loner Leader's Father
James Finnegan ... Bald Man
Robert Heaney ... Restaurant Waiter
... David's Wife
Jaro ... Bob the Dog
Ryac ... Bob the Dog
... 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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the heartless woman is escorting David out of their room, she clearly has blood splatters on the backside of her calf. As she chases David through the halls, the blood on the back of her calf disappears. When David shoots her with the tranquilizer in the back, the blood has reappeared on her calf. See more »

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Hotel Manager: If you encounter any problems you cannot resolve yourselves, you will be assigned children, that usually helps.
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References Stand by Me (1986) See more »

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Where the Wild Roses Grow
Written by Nick Cave
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue
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Highly original and darkly humorous comedy
30 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

"The Lobster" is the first English language film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth"), and stars Colin Farrell as David, a man who is recently separated from his wife and must now lodge at a government run hotel in a near future Britain where he must find a suitable partner in forty-five days, otherwise he will be turned into an animal of his choosing.

This is a very strange movie, the presentation is very serious and oppressive (using the Mozart pieces repeatedly over slow motion motion montages and Rachel Weisz narrating the story very sternly), but at the same time the delivery of the lines and the odd way each character acts made me laugh at the ludicrousness of it all. It's all done in such a deadpan manner and the supporting cast made up John C. Riley and several British television comedians (Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ewen MacIntosh) help propel the comedy.

There's plenty of unique ideas about relationships (people coming together because they have something trivial in common, like nose bleeds; being assigned a child to stop newlywed couples arguing, etc.). The love story between Farrell and Weisz drives the second part of the film, showing the two at odds against the world, trying to find a place for themselves in a world with conflicting ideologies (she's from a group of loners who hide out in the forest, their leader has a strict policy on romantic relationships and is just as oppressive as the government they're fighting against).

"The Lobster" is a unique movie that is worth watching if you enjoy quirky comedies or just something different.


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