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The Lobster

  • Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman
  • Director: Giorgos Lanthimos
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 118 min.

A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

"Lanthimos has broadened his scope and has created a marvellously bleak, bizarre comedy."
- John Bleasdale, CineVue
"This is cinema in quotemarks, tongue-in-cheek storytelling that uses absurdity to hold a mirror to how we live and love."
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Yorgos Lanthimos' first English-language feature is a wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire of couple-fixated society."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"Highly original and mordantly funny. Perfect for fans of Franz Kafka, Charlie Kaufman and other bleak surrealists."
- Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Lanthimos's unsettling tour de force reminds us of how chained to coupledom dignity remains at both the private and public level."
- Eileen G'Sell,
"It may be based on universal human anxieties about love, relationships, compatibility and loneliness, but Filippou’s script takes on a defiant, prickly life of its own, refusing to play as an easy allegory."
- Lee Marshall, Screen International
"The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime."
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Farrell absolutely kills it as David. Weisz gives one of her best performances since her Oscar-winning turn in The Constant Gardener."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Every frame has been composed with cerebral coolness, and the hotel and its surrounding forests are shot with a dream-like lucidity. I haven’t seen anything quite like it before, and I’m still not sure that I have even now. This is the kind of film you have to go back to and check it really happened."
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph