It looks like Colin Farrell is making up for a disappointing season of True Detective by going weird. The first trailer for his new movie, The Lobster, just debuted online after the film premiered at Cannes earlier this year.
The dystopian sci-fi drama stars Farrell as David, a schlubby, recently-divorced architect who is sent to The Hotel, a place where older singles have to fall in love in forty-five days or else be turned into animals. The movie co-stars Rachel Weisz as “Short Sighted Woman,” John C. Reilly as “Lisping Man,” and Ben Whishaw as “The Limping Man.”
If you’re asking yourself, “What in the world?” right now, don’t feel bad. The bizarre sci-fi plot is the normal m.o. of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose Academy Award-nominated Dogtooth — about a group of 30-year-old “children” intentionally cut off from the world by their parents — and previous movie Alps — about people who embody recently-deceased people to help their relatives cope with the grieving process — are part of the loose, idiosyncratic Greek cinema movement called the “Weird Wave.”
This movie, Lanthimos’ first English-language film, seems weird in the best way possible. It also seems to be a dark, dark comedy. The movie created a bit of buzz and garnered great reviews out of Cannes where it was also nominated for that festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, and won the Jury Prize (basically the festival’s bronze medal).
While it doesn’t have an American release date yet, it’s set to play in the main slate at this year’s New York Film Festival in October. Like the character says in the trailer, The Lobster looks like an excellent choice.