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The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

France, 2015

HOME, 24 October 2015

The Lobster

In this characteristically disquieting film Yorgos Lanthimos takes an idiosyncratic look at romantic relationships.

Single men and women, even when widowed or newly divorced, are sent to a hotel where they must bond with one another. Failure to find someone compatible results in them being changed into an animal, such as a lobster. Some escape from the hotel and join a dissident group called the loners, led by Lea Seydoux. They, the loners, live in a feral fashion in a forest and are hunted by the hotel guests.

Rather an unusual world but not entirely unfamiliar.

You encounter rules wherever you go, that’s the depressing thing that Colin Farrell’s character learns. A concerted coercion to conform. Even two people by themselves cannot escape – Farrell hooks up with Rachel Weisz, beautiful even without make-up – since the rules become internalised. The end is chilling for that reason and for a few others, one of them visceral. Love must be blind.