Finally a good, recently released (2015), movie for me: The Lobster, starring Collin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Léa Seydoux. What follows is a modest attempt to write a short review on this unique experience. I will use short sentences or words, because it suits me well to better describe what caught my whole being while watching. The movie is presented in two implicit chapters, one inside the Hotel, where single people are treated (have to live a couple of weeks before being turned into an animal of their choice, and if lucky enough, find your future partner and then get back to the city). And the second half, in the middle of the woods (where the outlaw loners live) and in the city, (where the very respected couples live). Some of the things i will state below are, personally speaking, a very sarcastic approach of the writer (director) to criticize intimacy and single-hood in modern society nowadays.
– Being an outcast for the only reason of being single.
– Authority mixed with good manners well represented inside the Hotel. I must say that there was a hidden feeling of guilt that led single people to be so submissive to the laws.
– The Hunt. An activity organized by the managers of the Hotel, who catches a loner has an extension of stay. Action was very well directed using slow motion, with a very unique performance of actors i must admit. Since it was inside the green woods, it reminded me of Hunter X Hunter and made me feel emotional.
– Sexual compulsions stated within a dark and hopeless environment. What a contrast. Especially if we take into consideration the tone of the voice used and the rigid social, or authoritative context of the scenes. It is to be noted that masturbation is forbidden inside the hotel and punishment awaits ones with that kind of urge.
– Not a movie for vegan or vegetarian activists, the blood on the animal preys was so graphic, and how characters described their carnivore urges was so intense.
– Any romantic or flirtatious activity in the forest is forbidden. Kissing is a breach of the loner’s social contract, lips are to be cut deep as a punishment.
– If a couple during the last stay in the Hotel is having argument, a kid is offered for adoption, stating that it helps keeping them together.
– Electronic music serves as a ritual of loners inside the forest.
– A monologue during the scenes of the first chapter to explain the context, it felt like reading a book. A very good description and use of vocabulary. Voice by the actress Rachel i presume.