The Lobster
First screened in May 2016 / Most recently screened in June 2016
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos. Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Angeliki Papoulia, Ariane Labed, Jessica Barden, Emma O'Shea, Ashley Jensen, Olivia Colman, Garry Mountaine, Jacqueline Abrahams, Michael Smiley, Sean Duggan, Roland Ferrandi, Imelda Nagle Ryan. Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou.

Twitter Capsule: Riotous sendup of bureaucratized intimacy molts into skeptical view of rebel order, then a test of personal principle.

VOR:   Not everyone's cuppa, but I'm most surprised when it's accused of being derivative. I see hints of Godard, Buñuel, etc., but tone, vision, and premise all feel singular.

Photo © 2015 Film4/Irish Film Board/Netherlands Film Fund/
Eurimages/Greek Film Center/BFI, © 2016 A24

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize
European Film Awards: Best Screenplay

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