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The Lobster

  • 2015
  • R
  • 118min
  • 89%
  • 7.1 / 10

The film is set in a dystopian future society where people are not allowed to live a single life. Instead, they are sent to a hotel where they are forced to find a mate with whom to have a child, within a span of 45 days. If they cannot manage to do this, they are instead turned into an animal of their choosing and sent into the nearby woods. The central character, David, recently lost his wife after 11 years of marriage, and has been sent to the hotel. He has chosen the titular lobster as his animal. This animal transformation is viewed as an opportunity for these single individuals to find a mate as a different species, rather than a death sentence or punishment. And it is designed to keep birthrates up as a result.

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The lobster is incorrectly labeled by popular culture to be a species that, after having found a suitable partner, mates with them for the rest of their lives. Lobsters actually partake in what is known as “serial monogamy”. The way it happens is a dominant male lobster mates with a harem of females, each lasting two weeks. Female lobsters go about mating by courting the male lobster, releasing her urine near the location of the dominant male, and waiting for the pheromones to seduce the male into letting her into his den so she can shed her shell. They then mate for two weeks until her shell reforms and she moves out, carrying her fertilized eggs with her.


about the movie

The Lobster is a Greek 2015 dark comedy film directed, written, and produced by Yorgos Lanthimos. It was co-produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, and Lee Magiday, and co-written by Efthimis Filippou. The film stars Colin Ferrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, and Olivia Colman. Production on the film was handled by Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, and Faliro House, with distribution by Feelgood Entertainment in Greece, and A24 in the United States. The budget for the film was $4.5 million, earning $18 million in its theatrical run.