The Lobster & the Cannibalism within

The Lobster is a film criticizing the ways of our world and how dangerous it is that we look at everything as black and white and not grey.

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The Lobster (2015), directed and co-written by Yorgos Lanthimos, stars Collin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and Léa Seydouz. The film is set in a dystopian future where the city only allows for couples to live there and newly single people are sent to a hotel-like place where they have 45 days to find a partner that they have something in common with. If, by the last day, they are still alone, they are turned into an animal of their choice.

The film starts off with the receptionist asking the main character, David,who is about to enter this program, whether he was interested in men or women. Then, she states that he cannot be a bisexual, only homosexual or heterosexual. Throughout the 45 days, they are given demonstrations of the consequences of being alone, they are also told not to masturbate or else they will be punished. In order for them to win more days in addition to their 45 they have to go hunt for ‘loners’ in the forest. Loners are people who have escaped from the program and the city. When David runs away and joins the loners, he is introduced to a whole other set of rules, which include no sexual or romantic relationships with the others, and only dance by yourself. You will be severely punished if you do not follow these rules. He, of course, falls in love with anther loner played by Rachel Weisz who happens to be short-sighted like him. Their affair is exposed and they are punished for it.

While watching The Lobster, I couldn’t help but compare it to multiple situations that are evident to how unaccepting the human race is. And this film shows us just how dangerous it is for us to look at something we don’t understand and immediately feel threatened. We are often cannibalizing within our groups that we end up not belonging anywhere. An individual can never fully understand everything because he will never experience everything, and one should be able to understand that and come to terms with it.

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