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The Lobster

Greek weirdo Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) takes aim at modern romance with this deadpan satirical fantasy in which singles are hunted in the woods with tranquilizer guns, held captive at a luxury hotel, and given 45 days to find a mate before being turned into an animal. A nerdy-looking Colin Farrell is the latest guest, participating in matchmaking rituals and being socially conditioned for partnership; in one seminar, actors pantomime on the themes “man eats alone” (a fellow chokes to death on a piece of meat) and “man eats with woman” (his dining companion saves his life with the Heimlich maneuver). Lanthimos works the premise assiduously, especially after the Farrell character escapes and joins a band of rebel singles in the woods, and though the story slows to a crawl near the end, the poker-faced dramatization of a warped world is compelling. With Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Lea Séydoux, and Rachel Weisz.

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