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  Rated R · 118 minutes · 2016
If you’re going to make a movie about a society where the only options are romantic couplehood or losing your humanity, the deadpan absurdist sensibility of Yorgos Lanthimos seems perfect for the task. This story focuses on David (Colin Farrell), who is left by his wife, forcing him per the laws of The City to go to The Hotel, where he has 45 days to find a new romantic partner or face being transformed into the animal of his choosing. Lanthimos and co-writer Efthymis Filippou fill this world with terrific details about the pressure—both physical and psychological—placed on citizens to be paired up, before shifting to The Loners who resist that pressure, including a woman (Rachel Weisz) who is only perfect for David because they’re both nearsighted. It’s often bleakly hilarious as a satire of forced conformity, and even of the different kind of forced conformity within packs of non-conformists. But it’s also far less interested in making any kind of Big Statement than of maintaining its deliberately flat tone and demented sense of humor. The gag may ultimately wear thin, but it’s a hoot while it lasts.


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Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Producer: Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender
Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John Reilly, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden

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Charleston City Paper The Lobster places viewers in a world where single people may be turned into the creatures of their choosing Whatever else The Lobster may be, it is most certainly odd. This, after all, is a movie in which persons who cannot find a suitable mate in 45 days are turned into animals. by Ken Hanke 06/08/2016
Seven Days The Lobster by Margot Harrison 06/08/2016
The Coast Halifax Review: The Lobster If you choose satire, much incredulous laughter awaits. by Tara Thorne 04/21/2016
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