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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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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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Language:

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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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

After the heartless woman falls down from getting shot by David with a tranquilizer gun, her skirt falls open high enough to see her underwear. When David approaches her, her skirt is now covering up the underwear. See more »

Quotes

Loner Leader: We dance alone. That's why we only play electronic music.
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References Forbidden Games (1952) See more »

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3 Pieces for String Quartet No. 3
Composed by Igor Stravinsky
Permission of Boosey & Hawkes, an Imagem Company
Performed by Goldner String Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos Rights US Inc
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Don't waste your time
30 December 2016 | by postfactworldSee all my reviews

I kept watching because Colin Farrell's screen presence kept my attention. I assumed that at some point, one of the characters would display some level of cognizance of the ridiculous plot in which they were immersed. It turned out to be a waste of 2 hours.

This movie is nothing more than a vapid romp through someone's dull subconscious. I theorize it was written by someone who one day had the random thought that if he had to be transformed into an animal, he'd like it to be a lobster. Unfortunately, not all random thoughts deserve to be expanded into a screenplay.

The characters are uninteresting - robotic and ultimately boring with no relatable human qualities. In Orwell's 1984 dystopia, at least we understand why the outer party members are so accepting of their situation - fear. There appears to be no motive for the citizens of the society in this film to accept submission to their ludicrous circumstance. This fact alone undermines the entire premise. Temporary suspension of disbelief regarding the characters' basic humanity and motivation turns into permanent suspension before the film is a quarter done.

If this film is indeed allegory, I missed the hidden meaning entirely, and I've not read any other reviews that have gone further than merely to state, "This is allegory," or, "This film makes you think." Really? What is the subtext then? What's it making you think about? Pretentious babble.

A very bad movie. I'm giving it two stars because I watched it all the way through, though I am perfectly willing to stop watching a movie after 20 minutes if it's truly awful. The film-makers get credit for making me believe they were going to deliver some substance before the end.


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