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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.

Director:

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.


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

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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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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Léa Seydoux (Loner Leader) and Ben Whishaw (The Limping Man) appeared in Spectre (2015), which was released the same year. In addition, Rachel Weisz (Short-sighted Woman) is the wife of James Bond actor, Daniel Craig. 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 »

Quotes

David: Are you short sighted?
Loner Swimmer: No.
David: You're lying.
Loner Swimmer: It's the truth.
David: [shows him the chain of his sidebag] What does it say here?
Loner Swimmer: YKK.
David: You knew that already. All zips say the same thing.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

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Baroque Dance
Performed by Roland Ferrandi and Imelda Nagle Ryan
Written by Gaspar Sanz
Arranged as guitar duet by Roland Ferrandi
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Tale of Two
13 February 2016 | by AmadioSee all my reviews

The Lobster is a curious film with shades of the Coen Brothers or Grand Hotel Budapest (the fact that so much is set in a hotel is incidental, or hotels in movies are places to be avoided). Dysfunctional characters drift through, delivering their lines with humorous lack of awareness and emotion, strange rituals are performed to bond the guests, and all the time the clock is ticking - find a partner, become a couple, within 45 days or be turned into an animal of your choice.

The first part of the film is amusing, quirky and entertaining. The style is pleasant and interesting, despite some nasty moments. Some of the shots drag a little, but it adds to the curious atmosphere. The dry, deadpan dialogue is perfectly delivered, Colin Farrell as the main protagonist shows he really is a fine actor.

Then the film changes. New characters are introduced and the mood becomes much bleaker. No longer is this humorous, the stakes have changed. It is hard to identify with the new characters as we had already invested emotion in the earlier ones. And it gets worse, leading to en ending that is as unclear as it is unpleasant.

The Lobster cannot seem to make up its mind what kind of a film it is, is it simply saying that we are all venal and craven in the end? If so, why the humour at the beginning? And if we are capable of love, is it really so shallow as to be broken by people saying things?

I loved the beginning, I didn't like the end. This was one fish dish that left a bad taste.


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