The Lobster

May 9th, 2016


The Lobster

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.2/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Writers: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Jacqueline Abrahams, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Anthony Dougall, Sean Duggan, Colin Farrell, Roland Ferrandi, James Finnegan, Robert Heaney, Rosanna Hoult, Jaro, Ryac, Ashley Jensen, Kathy Kelly, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jacqueline Abrahams - Donkey Shooter
Roger Ashton-Griffiths - Doctor
Jessica Barden - Nosebleed Woman
Olivia Colman - Hotel Manager
Anthony Dougall - 70 Year Old Waiter
Sean Duggan - Guard Waiter
Colin Farrell - David
Roland Ferrandi - Loner Leader's Father
James Finnegan - Bald Man
Robert Heaney - Restaurant Waiter
Rosanna Hoult - David's Wife
Jaro - Bob the Dog
Ryac - Bob the Dog
Ashley Jensen - Biscuit Woman
Kathy Kelly - Police Officer 1

Taglines: An unconventional love story by Yorgos Lanthimos.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Country: UK, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Greece

Language: French, English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: County Kerry, Ireland

Box Office Details

Budget: €4,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

The song that David and the Short-sighted woman synchronize their CD players with and dance to in the woods, is "Where The Wild Roses Grow" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds featuring Kylie Minogue. See more »

The hotel coach has a European license plate without a country code. It is just an empty blue rectangle, where one or a few letters would normally be visible denoting a country, under a European flag. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

The Lobster is a surreal deadpan comedy about the strangeness of social pressures and modern relationships.

The setting is a bleak, tightly controlled hotel on the coast of Ireland. David (Colin Farrell), a recently divorced Architect, is given 40 days to find a partner or else be transformed into an animal of his choosing; in this case, a lobster. Sound strange? That's just the first 10 minutes. Guests of the hotel are subjected to routine trips to shoot 'loners' with tranquillisers, and awkward high-school dances to entice singles to mingle. As David's days start running out, he decides to feign common interest with a heartless woman in order to escape his fate. But can he pull it off?

Farrell really hits the mark with this role, displaying awkward machismo and fragile humility in equal measure. His comedic timing is matched only by his supporting cast that includes John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, and Olivia Coleman. Rachel Weisz is also spot-on as the short-sighted woman.

The Lobster has just about everything you'd want from a film. It's unpredictable, it's offbeat, and it's laugh-out-loud funny. But it's most impressive feature is the subtext - it manages to reflect how odd our own modern-day social pressures are. How loneliness is feared, how individuality loses out to the mainstream system, and how relationships have to be deemed 'legitimate' by some higher order. There's plenty to talk about with this film, and I'll definitely be seeing it again to delve a little deeper....


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