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09 Jun 2016

Howdy, Partner: 'The Lobster' Is a Wholly Unique and Oft-Funny Piece of Biting Satire

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster.

The Lobster is a completely brutal bit of satire. Writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos gives us a world where being single is so frowned upon that you will be transformed into the animal of your choice if you don’t find a partner within an allotted time.

Colin Farrell stars as David, a recently dumped man who must stay at a hotel with his brother (who is also his dog) and find a new mate—otherwise, he’ll become a lobster. He eventually finds himself living in the woods with the leftover single people, all of whom must dodge daily hunting expeditions by people looking to extend their time before animal transformation. (The hunters earn extra days for every single person they bag.)

David eventually meets Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz) among the singles, and he finds himself making some big decisions on how to start a relationship with her.

The film intentionally looks drab, with all of the actors delivering their lines with nearly no emotion. The effect is just plain nasty—a scathing indictment on a society that puts too much pressure on individuals to partner up. It’s often extremely funny, with an equal amount of necessary unpleasantness.

Simply said, The Lobster is one of those movies that you can call truly original. There’s nothing else like it.

The Lobster is now playing at the UltraStar Mary Pickford Stadium 14 (36850 Pickfair St., Cathedral City; 760-328-7100); the Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 (72777 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage; 844-462-7342); and the Cinémas Palme d’Or (72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-779-0430).

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