Anxious singletons and forbidden love take center stage in the latest trailer for The Lobster, the near-future Orwellian love story coming by way of Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Julieta).
If the past 24 hours have been dominated with whimsical summer blockbuster, then today’s snippet from Lanthimos’ genre hybrid ought to act as the perfect palette cleanser. Thrusting Colin Farrell’s David into a dystopian future, the narrative driving The Lobster orbits around one single and ingenious premise: singletons are forced to find love within 45 days or they’re banished to the woods and transformed into animals.
Such a bizarre twist of events naturally breeds an air of palpable awkwardness between the residents at The Hotel, with Rachel Weisz, John C. Riley, Léa Seydoux, and Ben Whishaw joining the list of hapless romantics in search of a significant other – lest the turn into woodland creatures. With an excellent premise at its core, it’s little wonder why The Lobster has been gaining so much traction, and with only a month to go until release, it’ll be fascinating to see how the film is received on these shores.
The Lobster will open via limited release on March 11. To get the jump on Yorgos Lanthimos’ genre oddball, check out our thoughts coming out of Toronto International Film Festival late last year.
A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.