TIFF 2015 – “The Lobster”


A Writing Craft Review of the  screenplay by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou for “The Lobster”                                                                                        directed by Yorgos Lanthimos 

(These are snap judgements devoid of plot summaries and prone to spoilers)                                                                 rating 2 out of 5

An absurdist tale that feels like a study of the various lengths people are willing to go in order to prove that they belong to a particular social group. Rather than being under thought out like most absurdist work this film feels over-thought. The plot is primarily a series of examples of different social groups and the rule-enforcers that support them. Or perhaps inspire them. This process takes up so much script space that character development is minimal. As a result our minds but not our hearts have been stimulated. We understand but doesn’t care. Wes Andersen, another absurdist filmmaker, does to opposite. His plots and often his ideas are haphazard but he fully develops his quirky characters to expose how real people are absurd. If your kink is to see Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz go blind this one’s for you.

Good line: Bisexuality has been eliminated as an option.




One thought on “TIFF 2015 – “The Lobster”

  1. INTERESTING TAKE. Perhaps the reason there is no character development is precisely that the individual is much less important than the group to which he/she belongs. People are only important as cogs in the whole but not as constituent parts. Thus the rulers and the rules!

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