I finally got around to watching the Lobster (yes I know I’m late to the party) and all throughout the movie the only thing I could say is “what the f@ck am I watching?”
What is the movie about?
The movie centers around two groups – those who insist that you can’t exist unless you are partnered up with someone and those who believe that solitude is the only way to live. For those who are unable to find a match and those who attempt to find a partner, there are steep consequences including death and the absurdity of turning into an animal – think Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Although it took me several attempts to get into the movie, once I got to a certain point, I couldn’t turn back.
The favorite part of the film for me was when Colin Firth’s character, David escapes the hotel and is ‘rescued’ by those who believe in solitude. As the leader of the pack is explaining the rules, she says dryly, “We dance alone. That’s why we only play electronic music”. It was an astutely absurd and comedic insert against a very dark backdrop of the overall movie
The end leaves you hanging by the way. Does David end up in the City with his partner or does he end up turning into a Lobster.
This was a very deep movie and quite an original plot.
So, if you could turn into an animal what would it be? I think I’d go with a house pet like a dog or cat.
Whilst traveling in Morocco, I lost my internet connection for the night. Not able to sleep, I realized that I had Ma Nuit Chez Maud still loaded in my computer. Although I find reading subtitles difficult in the wee hours of the morning, it was better than lying awake with my thoughts. I purchased the box set of Six Moral Tales about eight years ago.
Just like my favorite books, I pull out the movies when I’m in need of something deeper to think about than the angst of everyday living. If you have not watched any of Rohmer’s films, what you need to know is that it is full of dialogue and it’s always philosophical in nature.
I resume the film where the lead character, an engineer, reunites with an old friend. They discuss Pascal’s Wager – the idea that even if God doesn’t exist the stakes of believing outweigh the stakes of not believing. This philosophy of low or unknown probability with infinite satisfaction can be applied to everyday life. Recently, a friend reminded me of how calculated or cautious I have been. I will admit, prior to my 30’s, I lived a very planned and careful life – not wanting to take too many chances – with food, love, work, etc. But then something changed. It felt rather refreshing to not live by the boundaries or rules I set up for myself. I haven’t thrown all reason out the door, but it’s refreshing to lead with what will make me happy first despite the odds. Sometimes it’s better that things be impossible!