The Lobster (2015)

by Afra Nariman

The Lobster (2015)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Wishaw, Ariane Labed, Jessica Barden, Angeliki Papoulia


“We had to be very careful in the beginning not to mix up ‘I love you more than anything in the world’ with ‘Watch out, we’re in danger.”

The Lobster operates within the narrow space between being undeniably strange and distant, yet also deeply human. It is one of the most insightful looks into contemporary existence, within a society that is becoming increasingly unforgiving, unemotional, unconnected, and categorized. With its absurdist tone and brilliant use of extremely dark comedy, The Lobster gradually builds to unveil the abstract structures that we use to construct our social apparatus, and concludes to dismantle the practice of categorization that society uses in its attempt to define people, emotions, and experiences.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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