Cinematique Presents: "The Lobster"

Jun 21, 2016

Monday-Wednesday, July 18-20, 7 pm

Wednesday, July 20, 4 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre

A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choice and released into The Woods. A desperate Man (Colin Farrell) escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live, and falls in love with enigmatic stranger (Rachel Weisz), although it is against their rules. At once a full immersion into a strange and surreal world, and a witty and clever reflection of our own society, The Lobster is a thrillingly audacious vision fully brought to life by Yorgos Lanthimos, and his terrific cast. The filmmaker displays a completely singular style and mastery of tone, finding the perfect balance between sharp-edged satire and romantic fable that entertains its audience while also leaving them with lots to reflect on long after the credits have rolled. (Rated R, 1 hour 58 minutes)

“Lanthimos forgoes easy sentiments about the transformative power of love; this may turn off some viewers, but there's a certain liberation and even some relief in knowing that societal pressure to settle down can be just as cruel as loneliness.” – Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader

“Lanthimos's terrifically twisted satire takes us places most films fear to tread. The symbolism is humanized by a top-flight cast and an ending that manages to be brutal and rapturously romantic at the same time.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone