The other day, I went to see a little film called “The Lobster” and let me tell you something: it’s one weird journey to a very plausible future. The stigma of being single is real!
Once again, I had no expectations about the film, I didn’t even watch the trailer or read the synopsis… I just saw a poster with Colin Farrell and said to myself: that’s all I need to know.
So, what’s the story about? In a dystopian near future, single people are an anomaly according to the laws of “The City”. Therefore, they are sent to “The Hotel”, where they are supposed/obliged to “find” a romantic partner. In case they fail to find a companion, they are transformed into an animal of their choice and sent off into The Woods.
Let me tell you something, Colin Farrell looks ridiculous in the film, as he is supposed too. Well, David (his character) is definitely one odd ball. As a spectator, you never know, what his real intentions are. By the way, everyone in this film is a bit “weird”, just to give some examples:
The Hotel Manager (Olivia Colman)
She’s the one making sure that everything runs smoothly in “The Hotel”. That implies: informing the new occupants about the rules, announcing new couples, punishing people that masturbate…
The Loner Leader (Léa Seydoux)
She is the leader of the “loners” and she takes that “single life” seriously. But you know what? In my opinion, she’s no leader or believer of the single life movement, she’s just bitter.
The Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz)
She’s a “loner”, but things take quite a different turn when she meets David. She’s short-sighted just like David, which makes them bond at the beginning. But has love made her weak? Because she was fine before she met David and now… well you’ll need to watch the film, I don’t want to spoil it for you.
As you can see, all characters are pretty wack. As I said before, the stigma of being single is very real. Though it’s not lethal as portrayed in the film, many individuals still believe they should find a “soulmate” and “settle” because that’s the norm, and when they fail to do so… “couples” can’t help to feel pity for them, pretty much like in the film.
Having said that, not everyone is going to like “The Lobster”, but it’s definitely an original.