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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

THE LOBSTER

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

One of the most bizarre movies I've seen -- but very intriguing. But what is it trying to say? That's a good question. When I heard the director being interviewed, he said he didn't really have a particular agenda. In my view, the first half of the movie is about the privileging of the nuclear family in society; the second half is about the lengths we will go to, as humans, not to be alone. THE LOBSTER is a very quirky movie. The actors do an excellent job of conveying the oppressive societies they live in. Some of the humour is pretty black. And there are some moving moments. This movie will definitely not be for everyone. It takes some time after the movie before you'll develop some ideas about what it is about - and even then, you won't be sure if you've got it right! If you're looking for something off the beaten track, can handle ambiguity, and enjoy being intellectually provoked, give it a go.



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