The Lobster
The Lobster

The Lobster 15


Please note: This was screened in Oct 2015

Yorgos Lanthimos
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux
118 mins, 2015, Ireland/UK

This Cannes Jury Prize-winner marks the English language debut from the wonderfully weird mind of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps). A deadpan, absurdist satire of modern romance, it is set in the near future where singledom is outlawed.

In desperation, paunchy divorcee David (Colin Farrell) is taken to a hotel, where all the guests are forced to find a partner within 45 days – or else be transformed into the animal of their choice (David picks the eponymous crustacean because he likes the sea and they live for a long time). You can buy time by hunting down and capturing the single people – or Loners – who live in the nearby woods, but when David meets one of the outcasts (Rachel Weisz) he doesn’t realise the dangerous consequences their relationship (or lack of one) can have.

By turns surreal, funny, unsettling, occasionally gruesome yet surprisingly touching, this is a deliciously bizarre riff on society’s pressure to form relationships. Under its tough shell, however, lies a sweet, very modern love story – albeit one with claws.

  • The screening of The Lobster on Tue 24 Nov is part of our Cinébites deal: Get 30% off any main dish in the Café/Bar with a valid cinema ticket.

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