The Lobster is a film about a man, David, who is left by wife for another man. He is made to go to the hotel where he is allotted 45 days to find another partner or will be turned into the animal of his choice. David chose the lobster to due to his love for the sea. In this hotel, many things are banned and regulated by the hotel manager. To extend their 45 days, guests can hunt the single people, loners, who reside in the forest; each person equating to one extra day. David eventually decides to pursue a woman who had been notorious for hunting many loners, finds that she isn’t the one, and is placed in a predicament where he had to flee to the forest. He lives among the loners, abiding by a very different set of rules and eventually finds love. A love that ended up costing him… a lot.
I would first like to say the film was nicely executed and indeed portrayed a dystopian society. Although, I do not feel that this particular film is likely to happen at all because it is so extreme but then again, I did not think any like this COVID-19 social distancing/ lockdown would occur and now look at us. However, the events in this film were very realistic and quite honestly possible despite the aspect of changing people into animals if they failed to find their partner in the 45 days. I say this because the plot is very similar to this reality show that is on Netflix named “Love is Blind”. The show acts as an experiment on whether or not love is actually blind. Contestants are in “speed dating pods” for 10 days looking for their husband or wife. They are able to talk to one another but they cannot see one another until they propose. Crazy right? Definitively not something I would have ever imagined being a thing but yet here it is actually working out for the best for some of the contestants. Based on our evolving definition, this film was definitely a dystopia. This was a realistic imaginary world where the authority was extremely oppressive over its people. Although all of the people may have not suffered directly, they were all living in this sort of twisted paradigm that made it difficult to live a life beyond what was made normal for them. I did not recognize any historical or contemporary analogs in the film outside of its slight comparison to the reality show.