CFUV @ VFF: The Lobster
Written by programdirector on 02/15/2016
The newest film from Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, ALPS) played for one night in Victoria and has another sold out one coming up in Sidney. This is his first English film and is filled with recognizable names and faces popping up throughout the film. It follows Lanthimos’ trend to have weird settings for his films. This is a dystopian future where single people are sent to a hotel where they must fall in love within 45 days or be turned into an animal of their choice. We see Colin Farrell’s character David come to this hotel and also his departure to the other side of this future. The loners who live in the woods, listen exclusively to electronic music, and have rules about remaining alone. There is comedy found throughout this piece from how absurd the people act and accept this world. The film was filmed in Ireland and the cinematographer makes great use of Irish landscape. The layout of the hotel set is reminiscent of a Wes Anderson set but just perverted a little bit to fit the tone. If you want to see a enjoyable yet odd premise movie, The Lobster, fills all those areas and would be a great film to go see.