Newsclip®: [Entertainment] Review: Deadpan satire 'The Lobster' skewers marriage - San Francisco Chronicle

"Does anything break through the glum satire and unremitting deadpan that cover 'The Lobster' like the gray Irish skies that hover over it? The lonely and divorced are rounded up in white vans and brought to a country resort where they have 45 days to meet a mate or they will then be turned into an animal of their choosing. Are you allergic to any foods? Rules include that volleyball and tennis courts are reserved for couples only, and that crossbreeding species — a wolf and a penguin, a camel and a hippo — isn't allowed. The ideas are built into the impersonal filmmaking, too; the characters are intentionally detached and speak monotonously — automatons in a rigid system of courtship. The final scene scratches at something — that these characters are capable of love but they're too trapped in its social conventions to find it. The Lobster,' an A24 release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for 'sexual",

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