|The look of an original voice...|
Say what you will about Yorgos Lanthimos, but at least he isn't recycling the same story that we've already seen a thousand times before. Both 'Dogtooth' and 'The Alps' were highly original pieces that showed Lanthimos has a distinct voice and knows how to use it. Stepping away from his Greek roots and embracing the English language, Lanthimos has gathered himself a diverse and very promising cast (Clarke, Coleman, Seydoux and Whishaw) for his upcoming film, 'Lobster', and has concocted a synopsis that can't be faulted for it's lack of originality.
Get a load of this:
…an unconventional love story set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of the Town, are arrested and transferred to the Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods. A desperate Man escapes from the Hotel to the Woods where the Loners live and there he falls in love, although it's against their rules.
Bizarre, yes, but Lanthimos is good with bizarre. I'm excited about this, if nothing more than to see Seydoux, Coleman and Clarke getting meaty, experimental roles. I honestly could care less about Whishaw, but maybe he'll impress me.