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The lobster: A broken mirror reflection of the dark side of society

45 days. 45 days or you will be turned into an animal. The animal that you will turn into is your choice.  You will still eventually be killed, taken to the zoo and, if you’re lucky, made someone’s pet.

The Lobster, a dystopian black comedy-drama movie directed by the Greek film director and screen writer Yorgos Lanthimos and co-produced by both Ed Guiney and Lee Madigay. The movie stars Collin Farrel, the Irish actor known for his roles as Stu Shepard in Phone booth (2002) and Percival Graves in Fantastic beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Rachel Weisz known for her role as Evelyn Carnahan role in the The Mummy (1999).


The movie is about the single individuals who reach the age of 45, without getting in new relationship, and their struggle after they’ve been forcefully taken to a hotel under the city‘s laws to search for a partner for a period of 45 days or they will be released into a forest haunted by the people who still have a few days left or even the new arrivals themselves. If captured, they are anesthetized and taken back to be transformed into animals and released into the wild.

The Lobster unfortunately was one of the years most underrated movies due to its off-beat story line and dark humor. If you are a fan of the mainstream movies that are basically dedicated to just entertainment, then this movie is not for you. But if you tend to like movies with deep meanings and with an atypically rich philosophical and deep philosophical view of the reality that we live in as a society and the individuals in it, then this is a movie you will love.


David (Collin Farrel) a middle aged near-sighted male, found himself in violation of the law and gets escorted to this prison like hotel for the felony of being a “loner”. David, who’s wife sadly left him for another man, found himself trapped for his last 45 days as a human in a cold small hotel room with a dog, which is his brother that already went through this nightmarish fate.david

David chose the lobster. After being received by the hotel manager, as an initiation for his staying period, he gets to choose the animal that he want to be transformed to. David chose the lobster saying that he can live for 100 years and that he enjoys swimming so a sea creature is the best choice. However, there are many meanings for him choosing the lobster that is left for the audience to interpret based on their analysis of the character.

The characters of the movie are clearly passionless and cold-shouldered with not even a glimpse of an apparent emotional feeling. Suffering from relentless loneliness and unfulfilled emotional needs, they found themselves obliged to find any romantic partner to escape their imprisonment. And to find this romantic partner, a sort of connection must be found that relates them together and if not found, it must be forced


david0The plot of the movie advances with a slow pace giving the audience the time to discover the scenario and intercept the hidden signs that reflects some of the disturbed and dark sides of the modern society from the flawed conventions of society to the twisted personality states that some individual can turn into.

The movie ends with one of the most incredible and ardent cliffhangers leaving the spectator in a whirlpool of mingled emotions and thoughts. This work certainly deserves an award and for the lover of deep meaning and broken mirror reflections of reality movies is a strong recommendation.

If you were in David’s place, which animal will you pick? And what ending you will you choose? …


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