The Lobster

The Lobster (2015, imdb)
Black Comedy, Drama, Low Sci-Fi
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos


From the very first explosive scene this movie draws one in with a promise of something extraordinary. And for once this is a promise which gets continually fulfilled, not in the least by the wonderful cast. The picture above is depicting the dynamic John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw (whom you might remember from his powerful performance in Cloud Atlas as the young composer) and protagonist Colin Farell, The Lobster itself.

These three gentlemen are not the end of it, the cast is near-ensemble and I especially enjoyed the beautiful Léa Seydoux and the extraordinarily well written and performed narration.

Rachel Weisz and Léa Seydoux

The visual language of this movie is reminiscent of something like Roy Andersson which is a undoubtedly a compliment.

I understand that a film like this is not for everyone: it is an understated, surreal (not Brazil surreal) and bleak-watercolor-beautiful affair with weird (not Wes Anderson weird) humor so if you don’t have a history of enjoying stuff along those lines this might not be for you.

Written by director Yorgos Lanthimos and writing partner Efthymis Filippou. These two also wrote Greek-language Lanthimos movies Alps and Dogtooth.


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