The Lobster

The Lobster ★★★★

Can the saddest film of 2016 also be the scariest and the funniest? This just might qualify. I laughed and I cringed and I felt sick, pretty much all at the same time, over and over and over again. As a sci-fi satire about longing, emotion, and control, it reminded me of Her, especially in Colin Farrell's take on Theodore Twombly... except that where Her is alive with heart and emotion, The Lobster suppresses everything so much that you're gasping for breath by the end. Runs about 20 minutes too long, as the film's high wire act of wicked comedy and horror starts losing its footing after the plot's pivot point. But this is so perfectly cast.

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