The Lobster is a 2015 film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English language feature film debut. Set in a dystopian near-future, the film tells the story of a city where singles are given 45 days to find a romantic partner before they are turned into an animal. It stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and Léa Sedoux. The film is internationally co-produced by companies from Ireland, UK, Greece, France and Netherlands.
It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
I first witnessed Yorgos’ talent in the film Dogtooth, which completely left a mark in me. The Lobster had a similar appeal although I had no idea about who the director was when I watched it. The plot instantly reminded me of movies with manipulated environments like Dogtooth and The Village. In this movie, the participants are aware that they are following a set of rules. If they violate the rules, they will be punished. The movie was brilliantly narrated with great scenes of the forest and unusual ways of celebrating other than drinking or having sex.
Like Dogtooth, it ends with a scene making the viewer wonder what comes next. Best movie I’ve seen so far this year. A satire about society, finding the perfect partner and how much we put up and change ourselves to match the other.