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The Lobster (2015)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Abrahams ...
Donkey Shooter
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Doctor
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Nosebleed Woman
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Hotel Manager
Anthony Dougall ...
70 Year Old Waiter
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Guard Waiter
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Roland Ferrandi ...
Loner Leader's Father
James Finnegan ...
Bald Man
Robert Heaney ...
Restaurant Waiter
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David's Wife
Jaro ...
Bob the Dog
Ryac ...
Bob the Dog
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Biscuit Woman
Kathy Kelly ...
Police Officer 1
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A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods. Written by R. Byma

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An unconventional love story by Yorgos Lanthimos.


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Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, and some violence | See all certifications »

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16 October 2015 (Ireland)  »

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La langosta  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$190,252 (USA) (13 May 2016)

Gross:

$8,699,235 (USA) (23 September 2016)
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Trivia

Mainly filmed in and around the Parknasilla Hotel in Sneem, County Kerry in Ireland. See more »

Goofs

When David was trying to see if the other person was wearing contacts while in the woods, whenever he gave a direction to point his eye (left, right, up....etc), the other character would move his eye in the correct direction slightly before David would say which direction to look. See more »

Quotes

David: I'm going to do it with a knife.
Short Sighted Woman: Do you want me to come with you?
David: I'd rather you didn't.
Short Sighted Woman: Don't worry. It's strange at first but then you'll get used to it. The other senses are heightened, touch for example, and hearing.
David: I know... I won't be long.
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Connections

References Forbidden Games (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Apo mesa pethamenos
Written by Kleon Triantafyllou (as Attik)
Performed by Danai (as Danae)
Courtesy of Cobalt Music
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Self Absorbed Crap
20 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

The writer clearly has some issue to work through and sadly was allowed the resources to share this with an audience. If this is considered to be innovative cinema then the bar has been lowered to sub basement levels. This movie is not funny (as advertised), not clever, and not worth seeing. The acting was actually not dreadful given what the cast had to work with. I envision the author sitting at his desk trying to arrive at the most ridiculous premise possible, then constructing a script around it. Yes I get that this is an attempt to paint a dystopian view of societal relationships and expectations via exaggeration and juxtaposition. But why does the vehicle feel like a Road Runner cartoon with 20 ton Acme weights being dropped on the audience on a regular basis? If you want quality bizarre spend your cash on a Goddard movie.


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