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Whether they're single out of choice or – like David (Colin Farrell, resplendent in beer gut) – because they've just been dumped by their spouses, uncoupled individuals are regularly collected and delivered to a comfortable-looking rural hotel that's run like a politely fascist concentration camp.Here single men and women are stripped of their possessions. David is allowed to keep his spectacles, his back pain prescription and his dog Bob – who used to be his brother, he explains to hotel management, but failed to "make it". Once bereft, guests are given identical, gender-appropriate, wardrobes and informed that they must find a love match within 45 days. David has given this matter some thought.The film follows David through his 45 day trial and beyond.The shortcomings of guests are always highlighted (David is myopic) since the rules of compatibility assume hotel guests must partner with someone with the same weaknesses.There's also a ruthless woman (Angeliki Papoulia) who seems unlikely to ever find a match but, because she's so good at nailing Loners during spells of hunting, her total number of days has actually grown into the high 50s.If "The Lobster" has a shortcoming it's probably connected to its not being quite what it seems in genre terms.As thoughtfully amusing drama, "The Lobster works well enough.Life among the opposition isn't quite as romantic as David might hope.
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