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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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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:

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff, County Cork is used for many of the interior shots of the hotel. Many exterior shots were taken in Parknasilla. See more »

Goofs

In the shopping mall, whilst the female officer is questioning the kneeling woman who says that her husband is away, the officer goes and crouches down to look at the kneeling woman's shoes and puts her hands on the soles of them. In the next shot suddenly both of the officer's wrists are resting on her thighs near her knees, with her hands nowhere near the kneeling woman's shoes. See more »

Quotes

Short Sighted Woman: [narrating] Some punishments are worse than other punishments. Having your thumb cut is worse than having your head shaved. And having a hot boiled egg under your armpit is worse than having your leg kicked. The punishment I am afraid of isn't the Red Kiss but another one, that is called the Red Intercourse. I have never seen it happen, but it's not difficult to imagine what it means.
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References Forbidden Games (1952) See more »

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Quintet for Piano and Strings: In Tempo di Valse
Composed by Alfred Shnitke (as Alfred Schnittke)
Published by C.F. Peters Ltd & Co. KG, Leipzig
Licensed by Peters Edition Ltd, London. All rights reserved, international copyright secured.
Performed by Borodin Quartet
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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A Comedy?
1 January 2017 | by tommya-44644See all my reviews

I don't know how this could be classified as a comedy, even a black comedy. In any comedy, I would expect at least to smile, not scowl through the whole thing.

If this is supposed to be about. . . conformity, resistance to authority, love even . . . I can think of more appealing ways to deal with those subjects.

"Captures the nature of love in the 21st century." Seriously? If that's what love is, don't let it anywhere near me!

Like Youth, this is just another case of letting myself be influenced by critics raving about a movie, and then suffering through the entire thing waiting for something redeeming to happen, if only in my own mind, only to be disappointed in the end. In this case, sorely disappointed.

Why I occasionally waste two hours at a time on drivel like this escapes me.


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