This started off as a light hearted comedy that was a little bit weird but manageable. Around an hour through it took a very dark turn and went mental. It wasn’t funny anymore, it wasn’t manageable any more, it was just crazy. I enjoyed the first half, though it was rather odd. If there is a line between creative and just weird, this crossed that line. Starring Collin Farrel (True Detective, Total Recall), Olivia Colman (The Night Manager, Locke), Léa Seydoux (Spectre, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, Constantine), Ben Wishaw (Spectre, Cloud Atlas), this has quite the cast.
In a dystopian future in which you must fall in love with someone you have something in common with, if you do not fall in love, you are sent to a hotel. This hotel gives you a month to fall in love. If you do not do so, you are turned into an animal of your choice. When David (who wants to be a lobster and is acted by Colin Farrell) decides that ‘it is easier to pretend you don’t have feelings when you do that pretend you do when you don’t’, he ‘falls in love with an utterly heartless woman. When things all go south he runs away to join a small group called loners that avoid society in order to stay human. But what happens if you fall in love with someone in a culture that does not allow love?
Just a bit tooweird.
Although mainly filmed in Kerry, the city scenes were filmed in Dublin.
Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys, Everest) was originally cast for the roll of Davis but refused due to overlapping schedules.
Animals in the film include cats, dogs, donkeys, ponies, camels, peacocks, flamingos, and pigs.
The production worked almost entirely with natural light and without make-up. Lighting was only used for some night scenes.
The song that David and the Short-sighted woman synchronize their CD players with and dance to in the woods, is “Where The Wild Roses Grow” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds featuring Kylie Minogue.
Liked this? Check out my review of The Revenant!