• Harris Joseph Augustin

The Lobster (2015) by Yorgos Lanthimos

Find a suitable partner or live like an animal of your choosing. If you opt for the former, remember that time is running out. A grim satire depicting rules, restrictions, society, and love, The Lobster marks Yorgos Lanthimos' English debut film.

The story is set in a dystopian society where single people are supposed to find a partner within 45 days before they are transformed into an animal of their choice. No matter how bizarre the general gist sounds, it conveys a deep meaning hidden in plain sight. We observe David (played by Colin Farrell) being transported to “The Hotel” to find a mandatory partner. With the odd rules of stay and activities, we witness people of different age groups struggling to find a partner to fit into the current society. Dull narration, a minimalistic portrayal of emotions, dreary static cinematography, and a single background track played throughout the entire two hours is what sets the ultimate complexion of the film. This was Lanthimos’ aim - to showcase the endless cycle of life wherein one should marry and have children over and over again, continuing the repetitive and monotonous lifestyle.

Certainly far from the Hollywood romantic cliches and the distinct style of filmmaking, The Lobster introduces a whole new perspective toward life in society at large. With its ambiguous plot, unique tone, and a state of incompleteness, this film leaves the audience to decipher it for themselves.

Dark humour, strong sexual undertones, odd characters in odd situations, and invoking an overriding unsettling feeling; Like all Yorgos Lanthimos' films, The Favourite checks all these boxes too. The

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