Copyright © 2015 by Picturehouse Entertainment
After his wife leaves him, David (Colin Farrell) checks himself to a hotel hoping that he will find a new mate within 45 days from the day of registration. Should he fail, he will be turned into an animal of his choice. He chooses to be a lobster but as things do not work out for him in the hotel, he escapes into the forest and learns that other singles have been surviving there. David, who is short-sighted meets and falls in love with another short-sighted woman (Rachel Weisz). Because it is not permitted for anyone living in the woods to have an intimate relationship, the city is the only option for them to pursue their love.
Absurdist fiction combines satire and oddness swathed in dark humour with the abnegation of reason that discusses the philosophical state of being ‘nothing’. A baffling definition to a peculiar movie. As with works from Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel or the Coen brothers, Yorgos Lanthimos’ style of storytelling never conforms but it still is just as entertaining.
To fans of Lanthimos, a singular voice of previously unorthodox plotted hits, or adventurous film seekers wanting a touch for insightful and intelligent writing, look no further. Like ‘Dogtooth’ and ‘Alps’, ‘The Lobster’ maximises its premise to shed some light on societal pressures of finding the perfect one. Not dissimilar to a pricey ‘Lobster Frittata’, the rewards are immense once you immerse fully into its rich and layered undertones.
Lanthimos is certainly trying a broader appeal for his audience to partake in a more pleasurable viewing experience through Farrell and Weisz’s star wattage. After all, it is a disconcerting version of a feel good romance and what unfolds throughout is a fair assessment of whether to be in a relationship albeit compromised or embrace the single life that does not satiate the loneliness seeping in the crevices of a hollowed form.
The answers are left expectedly vague from the choices that David or the characters he encounters make. Anchored by a subdued performance from Farrell with caliber support from Olivia Colman, Angeliki Papoulia, Ben Whishaw and Léa Seydoux save this dystopian tale from plodding sometimes. If a crustacean trumps over a blue tang and domesticated pets, then get ready for a twisted treat.
Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, and some violence