ByThe Short Story, writer at

The Lobster is a thriller-love story set in a dystopian, dark, unconventional but above all weird world where the nuclear family is the only alternative to living as an animal or a refugee in the wood.

Our protagonist, David arrives in the Hotel from the CIty. The HOtel is where people without a partner go to find one, while conforming to the schedule and rules such as no masturbation, only hotel clothes etc. Every day you go to hunt for "Loners" in the woods. The number you catch is the number of extra days in the hotel you get to find a partner. After you run out of days, you are turned into an animal. David is aware that he will not find a partner and so he escapes, becoming a "Loner" only to find that their lifestyle is even worse...

As I said already the main characteristic of this movie is its strangeness. The atmosphere, camerawork, characters and dialogues are all tailored to the dark and gloomy setting. This is why I found myself amazed and dumbfounded at the same time, I spent over half the time just blankly staring at the screen with a "What the hell just happened?" expression and replaying the previous scene in my head. This all accompanied by the tense violin music which unfortunately intensifies even the funniest of scenes, underlying the general confusion you are dropped into by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Overall I think that even though the movie is intended to be a love story, it is the dystopian world that caught my attention. The future where conformity is the norm and so is brutal punishment, yet without the presence of a government. Mostly through peer pressure and tradition are heinous acts of violence given as rewards for the slightest transgressions. Unfortunately, one can picture the radical progressive/communist groupthink that would bring this about.


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