Colin Farrell stars in this absurd, thriller/dark comedy set in a dystopian future.
What I would imagine it might be like to be part of the Sea Org in Scientology, you’re there because you’ve chosen it but it something doesn’t quite feel right. No offence. Yep, that’s the best way to describe it.
Directed by Yoros Lanthimos, who also wrote the film with Efthymis Filipou. The story moves at great pace, with lots of twists and turns, it keeps you on edge throughout. Beginning with newly single David (Farrell) who is arrested, as it is a crime to be so, and is moved into a hotel where he has 45 days to find a mate before being turned into the animal of his choice. He’s thought about this long and hard and has decided he’d like to be a lobster. ‘With me so far?……..Good.
David meets Limping Man (Ben Wishshaw) desperate to find a mate. He goes to great lengths to convince Nosebleed Woman (Jessica Barden) that they are a perfect match. Each pair has to share one thing in common…..I’ve left a clue for those paying attention. Lisping Man (John C. Reilly) seems out on a limb and the three men form an alliance, of sorts. Hotel Manager (Olivia Coleman) runs a tight ship, putting the fear of God into anyone who dare disobeyeth the order of things.
This is an all star cast that also includes; Ashley Jensen (Biscuit Woman) Lea Seydoux (Loner Leader) and Rachel Weiz (Short Sighted Woman). Each actor more than comfortable in his/her role and completely satisfying as an audience to watch. The coldness of the stunning backdrop that Ireland’s landscape has offer only serves to heighten the unnerving tone of the piece.
I gasped and laughed, a lot, as David moved ever closer to his end date, in every sense of the word.
The most twisted tale of finding true love you’ll ever see.
A definite watch!