The Lobster

The Lobster

DVD - 2016
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In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obligated to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

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IntheLordsjoy
Nov 26, 2017

the first thing most people think of is a dog but i choose to be served with butter thank you

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tkarna
Nov 14, 2017

Brilliant satire of the modern society obsessed with romantic relationships. With clever observations, Lanthimos shows the absurdity of our customs and habits and the social pressure related to dating. Similarly to his previous films, this is an unusual, surreal film. Not for everyone.

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Lrblrb
Aug 17, 2017

This movie has an interesting premise, but it bypasses clever or entertaining or insightful and goes straight to pointlessly disturbing. The film has no subtlety, instead taking out a hammer and hitting the viewer with it. Couldn't finish it.

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ThPunnoval
Aug 10, 2017

Yorgos Lanthimos can't seem to decide whether he wants to be Roy Andersson (Songs From the Second Floor, The Living) or Jan Nemec (A Report on Party and Guests). Is it a cynical look at society's foibles or a philosophical statement? Whatever; the first half was moderately amusing while the second descended into pretentious drool.

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lindaguss
Aug 05, 2017

Appalling. Really wish I could un-see the horrible scene of animal cruelty/death. Felt a need to warn others. Very unlikable characters.

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the_bookwyrm
Aug 03, 2017

A quietly insane movie that critiques romance and the pressure to hook-up or remain single in a love-obsessed world

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kyc14
Aug 03, 2017

1. the first film i watched from director yorgos lanthimos was “dogtooth” (kynodontas 2009). weird story! didn’t like it.
2. but then halfway thru watching the lobster (2015), i began to understand what he is actually saying beyond the weird story & stiff images.
3. consider his films are counter-film (as in counter-culture). translate his script & scenes into satirical & metaphorical viewpoints. then you’ll understand!
4. to me, this film is like a mirror. better still, like those funny mirror in a circus. the “hotel” reflects the society (or its certain aspect) that we live in. we have different attitude towards a single or partnered person. there are various cultural stigma, rules, or even laws dictating our behavior.
5. the “woods” to where the main character (david) has escaped from the hotel actually reflects a subculture that perhaps intends to change or revolutionize our society for the “better”. unfortunately, it can only change the process/way but not the goal of controlling people.
6. the director also believes in “fate” or “destined”. david started out divorced in the “city”, then tried to find a partner in the “hotel” (resorting to deceit & lies). he failed & then escaped into the “woods” where he apparently found a truly compatible partner. in the end when he returned to the “city” w/ her (who was blinded from a foul play in the woods), he apparently chose to desert her & stay single.
7. lucky for me, the film has a slow pace (but w/ some stunning location sceneries). as i watched the film, i took time to regurgitate & think deeply on each passing scenes or characters. voila, i stopped hating it & began to like it!

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jonnybroom
Jul 21, 2017

Despite fine actors, this movie failed to engage me, and ultimately, about 20 minutes from the end, repelled me. One feels no empathy for these characters. They're not given any room to express themselves.

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avantmegan
Jul 21, 2017

Crap...there were a few moments in the movie that were pretty entertaining. Besides that-crap.

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reverendmike
Jul 13, 2017

A strange film. You should read some comments, and decide if you're the sort of person who can tolerate (or even enjoy) this. I found it thought-provoking and odd. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but it's worth investing 20-30 minutes, and hopefully you'll watch it all.
This movie reminded me of the work of Charles Bukowski: a lot of average/mundane, punctuated by flashes of brilliance. Parts of this movie are dull. The acting maintains a vaguely robotic feel throughout. And then you get some scenes that cannot be missed.

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jimg2000
Oct 31, 2016

***Spoiler Alert***
Why a lobster?
-Because lobster live for over one hundred years. Are blue blood like aristocrat... and stay fertile all their life. I also like the sea very much. I water ski, swim quite well since I was a teenager.
-I must congratulate you, the first thing most people think of is a dog... which is why the world is full of dogs. Very few people choose unusual animal... which is why they are in danger.
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Back when you loved me, you asked me one morning while we were talking: "what was life about?" I turned and told you ... for some it's the wine, for some it's the glory, for some it's being rich, but for me it is only you ... Now that your heart has changed and you love someone else, you still wonder what they're saying. How my own heart beats. Are there perhaps more people like me exist. Dead on the inside. Alive on the outside.

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jimg2000
Oct 31, 2016

What's worse? to die of cold and hunger in the woods, to become a animal would be killed or eaten by some big animal, or have nose bleed from time to time.
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We all dance by ourselves. That's why we only play electronic music.
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What does the photograph show?
-A naked woman on a horse in the country.
If I were in your shoes I would not be ogling the naked woman but the horse. I'm sure that horse's once a weak and cowardly man...
just like you

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jimg2000
Oct 31, 2016

One day, as he was playing golf, he thought that it is more difficult to pretend you do have feelings
when you don't... than to pretend you don't have feelings when you do.
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If this woman die, do you think you manage on you own? Or will you get involve with someone else?
-No, I can live alone. She can't. I'm on my own for hours when she got out the hotel. I like sitting in the room... relaxes me, calms me. I like it a lot. I can definitely live on my own.
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The most important thing is that you're not bald. However when comes to men, bald is always the possibility you can't avoid. ls your father bald?
-No he isn't. And even if someday I lose my hair, there are things I can do to get my hair back. I can have a hair transplant.
You always can tell someone had a hair transplant.
-I know.
Nice hair is not something you can get. It's something you born with. The fact your father isn't bald shouldn't put you at ease.

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