Fifth about The Seventh

The Lobster (2015)

The LobsterThe Lobster: the whole concept of Yorgos Lanthimos’ film is a wonderful oddity: it’s a low-key (as much as it gets) sci-fi dystopian society, playing its dark-as-night humour as straight as possible; it’s also, as the film presents itself, as unconventional a love story as possible. This genre mix, and the very dry way it plays out, make this a rather unique experience; it also is very much an acquired taste. The acting is, likewise, quite peculiar (but very efficient): the lines (absurd as they are), are delivered with a great lack of passion; nevertheless, Colin Farrell is able to project a lot of feeling; Rachel Weisz’s reading is also a lesson in droll narration. Thimios Bakatakis’ camera is fluid, discreet, quiet; the locations are beautiful with a sad, sterile quality to them.

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