17 September 2016

The Lobster

I rarely blog about film, since I rarely watch them. And during the rare times that I watch movies, for the most part, they only serve as entertainment, and aren't profound enough to ruminate and have thoughts about. But sometimes, there is the rare occurrence in which I find a film that really makes me think, and sometimes I have some words I want to write about. This is the case with the movie The Lobster, which we watched recently.

The Lobster is a dystopian and absurdist film, set in an unspecified near future time. In this future society, everyone is encouraged to be partnered. In fact, single people are highly chastised. The film begins by showing the main character being taken away because his wife has left him for another man, and so since he is recently single, he is taken away to a resort hotel so that he would be able to meet a new partner. If they fail to find someone, they would be turned into an animal, in the hopes that they would have better luck in finding a partner once they are an animal. The title refers to the choice of animal the main character made, in case he becomes an animal and fails in his mission.

I won't narrate the plot here, just check Wikipedia for a plot summary. What I want to write here however concerns the thoughts that this movie provoked. See, this movie is more or less a critique of society. Society imposes on us certain expectations, and when we deviate from these expectations, then society finds it hard to handle us. Society imposes its own lens, and if you fall out of it, then it gives you a hard time.

I also liked the fact that this movie highlighted how superficial life can be, with our rituals of courtship and dating. At the same time, it also shows the human resilience and will to survive, as the main character has to adapt drastically to society's weird impositions just in order to survive.

In any case, this is a film that is bordering on the profound. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly suggest you do so. It won the Jury Prize in last year's Cannes Film Festival. And it will definitely make you think.


  1. Taking note, will try to see it! It sounds interesting. Profound... yep, I can watch this for once, way too many shallow movies out there.

    1. Zhu,

      Oh yes, there are definitely so many shallow movies out there that provide entertainment for an hour and a half, and after that, that's it! I don't think these are worth the entry ticket the cinemas charge.