Yorgos Lanthimos / Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux / Comedy / 2016 / 15 / 118mins
This is one of the strangest films I have ever seen.
Forgive me if I’m wrong but I’m guessing most of you aren’t familiar with the work of Yorgos Lanthimos and many of you might be thankful because the majority of it, nay ALL OF IT, is fucking weird. The Lobster is no different. Here’s the premise: in an alternate reality, the laws of The City (in what must be Ireland?) demand that those who are single must be taken to The Hotel where they have 45 days to find a partner or they will be turned into an animal of their choice. I’ve only scratched the surface…
The Lobster is explicitly simple with its concept of ‘Love’. The characters are frank with their sexual desires and their stance is black and white: either you agree with The City and partner up or you agree with The Loners – escapees from society in the woods who strictly abide to independency. There is no grey area.
David (Colin Farrell) eventually comes across the narrator, the Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz), because apparently originality does not exist. A couple can only function and ‘fall in love’, it seems, if they share a distinct similarity. Both David and the Short Sighted Woman are… well… short sighted. The lengths they are willing to take to forge their ‘love’ turn drastic toward the end, but that’s just the sinister plot twist a man like Lanthimos takes (look no further than his previous effort Dogtooth).
It’s an artsy film, but it’s not necessarily a boring one. Scenes are drawn out so as to emphasise the uncanny lurking within every frame. The characters are deliberately weird, talking robotically, almost forced, but sometimes it just comes off as bland. However, I really rooted for David and his partner – I felt oddly connected to them, hoping they would emerge triumphant. Amongst all this weirdness they seemed to form a strangely beautiful and human relationship. I guess the satirical setting accentuated that all the more. However, I’m well aware many people won’t take to the surrealism on show.
Watch at your peril.
Film as a Film – 4 / Target Audience – 3 / General Audience – 2
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By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, via Wikipedia.