The Lobster―an original masterpiece! There is a profound truth that lies within its vision, style, concept and language. It is layered, surreal, comical and visually pleasing. Lanthimos’ world looks and sounds like ours, but is different (as if it was a suspended reality, close to our own, but far away at the same time). The absurdities present in the film bring out the absurdities present in our world. Their city made me think of my own city, of how absurd the large verticals look next to nature. There is a subtle quietness and violence that makes the viewing experience quite jarring (some shots reminded me of Kubrick’s The Shining). While watching it, I was reminded of Sobchack’s “What My Fingers Knew” essay, where she emphasizes corporeal rather than intellectual engagements with film. Sobchack claims that film experiences “are [all], in some carnal modality, able to touch and be touched by the substance and texture of images; to feel a visual atmosphere envelop us; to experience weight, suffocation, and the need for air” (65). For Sobchack, we exist as both here and there, as both subject and object. That is exactly how I experienced this film. There were some scenes that were so sharp that I could physically could smell, touch and taste them. There is something about the shots and cinematography that touched me deeply.
Title: The Lobster
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
Produced By: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
Written By: Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Ben Whishaw, Rabbits, Dogs, Cats, Camels, Flamingos, Pigs, Donkeys, Peacocks & Ponies.
Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis
Edited By: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Production Company: Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House Productions, Haut et Court, Lemming Film, Film4 Productions
Distributed By: Feelgood Entertainment, Haut et Court, Element Pictures, De Filmfreak, Picturehouse Entertainment
Release Date: 15 May 2015 (at Cannes)
Time: 118 minutes
Country: Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, France, Netherlands
Budget: 4 Million
Film Format: Digital
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Camera: Arri Alexa XT, Panavision Primo Lenses
Interesting, complex and thought-provoking, this film is worth seeing in theatres. Go support it, you will not regret it! (Here’s Beethoven’s String Quartet No.1 featured in the film).
The film is available at Cinéma Forum.
Sobchack, Vivian Carol. Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment and Moving Image Culture. Berkeley: U of California, 2004. Print.