‘Lobster’ makes a big Cannes splash

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has set the Cannes Film Festival abuzz with his film and”The Lobster,and” which puts Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a couples-dominated world where single people are given 45 days to find a mate, or be turned into the animal of their choice.
Farrelland’s sad-sack central character chooses a lobster, in part because the crustaceans mate for life. Lanthimosand’ sharp satirical surrealism has sparked anthropomorphic musing up and down the Croisette. A dog? A cat? What beast is best?
and”Iand’d be a bird,and” Lanthimos said in response to the inevitable question. and”I dream a lot about flying.and” Lanthimos can plan to do a lot more flying as a rising star on the international cinema circuit.
and”The Lobsterand” has been gobbled up by Cannes critics and audiences. Farrell — unrecognizable behind glasses, moustache and unflattering paunch — is considered a contender for the festivaland’s best actor prize when awards are announced May 24.
and”The Lobsterand” is set in a strange but fully realized world, just far enough away from reality to make viewers question the social rules we accept as normal. Lanthimos thinks reality is an overrated quality in movies. and”I donand’t find that interesting to do as a film, just to represent real life,and” he told The Associated Press. and”There is no realism in film anyway. Even if it is pretend realism, it is still pretend.and”
and”The Lobsterand” is the first film Lanthimos has made outside Greece, and his first in English. It was shot in Ireland with an international cast that includes Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman