Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Lobster (2015)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos. Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Wishaw, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux. 118 min. Rated R. Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands/USA. Drama/Fantasy.

Without spoiling too much: in a dystopian society, marriage is mandatory (the unmarried are turned into, yes, animals); resulting in a resistance group of "loners", who are against marital/sexual relationships. Amid all this, true love happens - and to reach this critical plot point, a few story logic sacrifices are made. The style strongly reminded me of the similar Greek film, Dogtooth, and when this film too ended with  a major character's self-mutilation, lo and behold, I discovered it's the same writer/director, this time directing an English-speaking ensemble. Still, Mojo for the creative plot and numerous fascinating twists.

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