The Lobster (2015) ✭✭✭ is a surreal slice of life, set in a society eerily similar to our own but with zero tolerance for unmarried adults. Here a recently divorced architect (Colin Farrell) is sent to a posh resort hotel where he is given 45 days to find a mate or else he will be transformed into an animal of his choosing. From these bizarre underpinnings, director Yorgos Lanthimos crafts an off-kilter world that is by turns amusing and horrific. Along the way, there are plenty of metaphorical jokes on the nature of relationships, and the purely biological urges that drive humanity's ethereal notions of romance.
Lanthimos clearly loves the sight of blood, both human and animal, and the film's execution was a little too gory for my taste. But I generally enjoyed the film and will probably watch it again, for it is filled with all kinds of subtle jokes and nuances. The director's previous film Dogtooth had a similar effect on me, and there's something to be said for a film that's simultaneously fascinating and repulsive. Now playing in select theaters.