The Lobster ★★★★★

The Lobster pokes fun at the banal drudgery of pursuing and sustaining relationships, but not so bitterly that it drowns itself in one-dimensional pessimism. Every character talks with this refreshing bluntness that’s very reminiscent of The Invention of Lying, another thought experiment comedy about relationships. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind also comes to mind; it too uses science fiction to deconstruct social norms—particularly norms relating to romance and companionship—without the sci-fi drowning out the drama. Yorgos Lanthimos‘s The Lobster is a standout contribution to this sub-genre.

For me, the most moving scene was Colin Farrell teaching Rachel Weisz to re-recognize everyday objects through touch. After over an hour of absurdity and heartlessness, it was beautiful to see such a tender interaction between two people trying to make their relationship work. Might be one of my favorite expressions of love ever put to film. Rachel Weisz best girl.

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