In a dystopian near-future single people must leave The City and check into The Hotel, where they have 45 days to find their perfect mate or be turned into an animal of their choice and be released into The Woods.
Newcomer David (Colin Farrell) struggles with the enforced socialising and his mix of awkward machismo and fragile humility reduce his chances of finding a partner. As the days pass he decides to feign interest with a woman in order to escape his fate.
Written & directed by Oscar-nominated Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, Dogtooth), The Lobster returns as part of our ongoing Philosophy & Film series.
The film will be followed by short talk from Dr Alison Toop, teacher of Medical Ethics at the University of Leeds, who will explore how social norms – such as the expectation to be in a romantic relationship – impacts on love and loving relationships.