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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

The Lobster 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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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Short Sighted Woman: [narrating] He didn't burst into tears and he didn't think that the first thing most people do when they realise someone doesn't love them anymore is cry.
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Boredom with a dash of nausea
28 May 2016 | by cantrell-4See all my reviews

Meh. The film starts with a delightfully surreal premise, and gets off to a promising start as a Strangelovesque dark comedy, or perhaps even a "Being John Malkovich" maze of mind-boggling left turns.

The moments of humor, however, thin out. The plot hews to the obvious even in its twists. The deadpan delivery becomes merely dead, and a sea of intolerably flat affect gradually crushes any empathy we might have for the characters. Exhausted of its premise, disinterested in both the humans who inhabit it and the humans who are watching it, and groping for any sort of social observation that is not already obvious and well-trodden, the film finds it has little left to say and another 90 minutes to say it.

It drags itself, sallow and lifeless, to a cliffhanger conclusion that leaves us wondering what happens next, but not really caring.


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