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The Lobster

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who won numerous awards for Dogtooth and Alps, delivers another breathtaking portrait of human behaviour with this quirky comedy drama set in a dystopian near future. In this bleak, unforgiving time, single people who live in The City are transported to The Hotel run by a Manager (Olivia Colman), who explains that all guests have 45 days to find a soulmate among the other residents. Anyone who fails to find a partner will be transformed into a wild animal that reflects their personality traits. A widower called David (Colin Farrell) arrives at The Hotel and befriends a Lisping Man (John C Reilly) and a Limping Man (Ben Whishaw). They look for potential mates among the female population including a Nosebleed Woman (Jessica Barden) and a Heartless Woman (Angeliki Papoulia). As the days pass without a hint of romance, David grows increasingly desperate and he flees The Hotel and escapes into the nearby woods where he becomes part of the Loners, who believe in a solitary existence. In this idyll of enforced individuality, David falls for a Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz) but they hide their feelings since they contravene the strict rules of the Loners.