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The Lobster (2015)

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The Lobster is a movie starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and Jessica Barden. 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

Although mainly filmed in Kerry, the city scenes were filmed in Dublin. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, the camera operator can be seen adjusting the lens in the reflection of the drivers door window. See more »

Quotes

Nosebleed Woman: I'm sorry, I've got blood on your shirt. But don't worry, there are many ways to remove bloodstains from clothing. One way is to rinse the clothes with cold water then rub with sea salt. Another way is to scrub the stains with cotton wool dipped in ammonia. The third way is to mix flour and water into a paste, like toothpaste, especially if the clothes are delicate or brightly coloured. But just never use warm water on blood, ever.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
Written by Roger Cook (as Cook) & Roger Greenaway (as Greenaway)
Published by Universal / Dick James Music Ltd.
Performed by Olivia Colman & Garry Mountaine
Performance arrangement by Cian Boylan
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An Absurdist Screwball Comedy
31 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Lobster is a surreal deadpan comedy about the strangeness of social pressures and modern relationships.

The setting is a bleak, tightly controlled hotel on the coast of Ireland. David (Colin Farrell), a recently divorced Architect, is given 40 days to find a partner or else be transformed into an animal of his choosing; in this case, a lobster. Sound strange? That's just the first 10 minutes. Guests of the hotel are subjected to routine trips to shoot 'loners' with tranquillisers, and awkward high-school dances to entice singles to mingle. As David's days start running out, he decides to feign common interest with a heartless woman in order to escape his fate. But can he pull it off?

Farrell really hits the mark with this role, displaying awkward machismo and fragile humility in equal measure. His comedic timing is matched only by his supporting cast that includes John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, and Olivia Coleman. Rachel Weisz is also spot-on as the short-sighted woman.

The Lobster has just about everything you'd want from a film. It's unpredictable, it's offbeat, and it's laugh-out-loud funny. But it's most impressive feature is the subtext - it manages to reflect how odd our own modern-day social pressures are. How loneliness is feared, how individuality loses out to the mainstream system, and how relationships have to be deemed 'legitimate' by some higher order. There's plenty to talk about with this film, and I'll definitely be seeing it again to delve a little deeper....


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