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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The song that David and the short-sighted woman synchronize their CD players with, and dance to in the woods, is "Where The Wild Roses Grow" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds featuring Kylie Minogue. See more »

Goofs

When David was trying to see if the other person was wearing contacts while in the woods, whenever he gave a direction to point his eye (left, right, up....etc), the other character would move his eye in the correct direction slightly before David would say which direction to look. See more »

Quotes

Hotel Manager: We wish you every success and we hope, you will return to the city as a couple.
The Limping Man: I'm very happy.
Nosebleed Woman: Me, too.
Hotel Manager: Congratulations The course of your relationship will be monitored closely.by our staff and by me personally. If you encounter any problems, any tensions, any arguing, that you cannot resolve yourselves, you will be assigned children. That usually helps, a lot.
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Featured in Renegade Cut: The Lobster (2017) See more »

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Composed by Benjamin John Tomlin (PRS)
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Another gem from the great Greek filmmaker
20 July 2018 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

This movie is a master class in weird but meaningful film making. Want something fresh and original, weird but highly watchable. Then this is a movie for you.


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Country:

Ireland | UK | Greece | France | Netherlands | USA

Language:

English | French | Greek

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lobster See more »

Filming Locations:

County Kerry, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,252, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$9,077,245

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,509,546
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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