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The Lobster

Studio: A24
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

May 10, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice
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Newly-divorced David (Colin Farrell) checks in to The Hotel, a luxury clinic where—after 45 days—if a single person has not found a perfect romantic match among their fellow guests, they will be transformed into an animal of their choosing. David has chosen to become a lobster.

Director Yorgos Lanthimos has made a film that’s disturbingly hilarious, and perhaps even surpasses the benchmarks for discomfort he set with 2010’s Oscar-nominated Dogtooth. The film’s most stunning achievement may be how well it sells its unique setting; the resulting stakes are as high as they are absurd. An impressive cast joins in on the insanity: John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw play fellow singles, and Rachel Weisz and Lea Seydoux appear as two anti-love Loners who choose to live in The Wood, where they’re hunted for sport. The Lobster is by far the strangest, bleakest comedy we’ve seen in years.

Author rating: 8/10

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