Magazine June 27, 2016, Issue

Nightmare Logic

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster (A24)

There is no way to summarize the plot of The Lobster, in which Colin Farrell stars as a sad-sack divorcé and Rachel Weisz plays his love interest, without making it sound like a parody of an artsy foreign-language film. But here goes: Farrell’s character, the lumpen, mustachioed David, lives in a society that requires single people to decamp for a seaside hotel if they haven’t found (or if they manage to lose) their romantic partner.

That might sound pleasant enough, even if the “requires” part is slightly creepy, but hang on — once ensconced in the hotel, surrounded by fellow singletons,

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