Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C Reilly, Aggeliki Papoulia and Lea Seydoux - 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Lobster' - Premiere at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Saturday 16th May 2015
From the Greek filmmakers behind the acclaimed anti-thriller Dogtooth, this fiendishly inventive drama is just as complex and telling. But it's also a more difficult film to enjoy, as it doesn't reveal its twisty, freaky secrets until rather late in the story. So before then, we have no choice but to just go along with it. Intriguingly, this leaves us perfectly prepared for a real emotional punch.
But it begins rather confusingly as four people meet up in a gymnastics practice room. The coach (Vekris) berates a gymnast (Labed), telling her that she's not ready for pop music. The other two work in a nearby hospital: a nurse (Papoulia) and a paramedic (Servetalis). And they call themselves "Alps", because it's a name that's deliberately misleading. It turns out that their job is to help people come to terms with the death of a loved one by roleplaying a character in the life of the bereaved. But reality and fantasy aren't that easy to keep separate.
Essentially, this extraordinary film is exploring the roles we all play in everyday life, both at work and at home. And how difficult it can be to tell the difference between who we want to be and who we really are. As the premise slowly comes into clearer focus, the filmmakers also challenge our preconceived ideas of identity and grief, and even gender issues get a work-out as most events are seen through the female characters' eyes.
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A Greek family lives in an isolated, walled-in enclosure where the parents (Stergioglou and Valley) have raised their children (Papoulia, Passalis and Tsoni) in a fantasy world. These teens have grown up thinking that everything outside wants to kill them: kittens scaling the walls are man-eating predators and airplanes flying overhead are taunting toys thrown by outsiders. But puberty presents other problems, and the father brings a work colleague (Kalaitzidou) home to service the son. But she opens a door of curiosity that the three kids can't resist.
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