in about 100 words or less
Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands 118m, Colour
Director: YorgosLanthimos; Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, AngelikiPapoulia, John C. Reilly, LéaSeydoux, Michael Smiley, Ben Whishaw
The Lobster is an inventive and unusual romantic comedy set in a dystopian near future in which single people are sent to an institution where they are given 45 days to find a partner, else they find themselves forcibly transformed into the animal of their choosing. Why this occurs is unimportant and without explanation. More significantly, and perhaps the purpose of The Lobster, is its satirical take on societal norms which are geared toward couples, and which marginalize singles. Hilariously strange, this often surreal comedy might leave many film-goers puzzled, but seems a likely candidate for the next edition of 1001 Movies you must see before you die (Klaus Ming January 2016).