The Lobster is a 2015 internationally co-produced science fiction comedy drama film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his Anglophonic debut. Set in a dystopian near future, the film tells an unconventional love story where finding a romantic partner is a matter of life and death. The film stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.
It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the rules of The City, are taken to The Hotel, a restrictive regime where they are obliged to find a matching mate in forty-five days. If an occupant manages to find a partner among others, the new couple is given a month to try to live together in a special section of the facility, after which they are freed; failing results in being killed and reincarnated in an animal of own choice, and sent off into The Woods surrounding the structure.