Saturday, December 31, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos. 2016, 119 mins. DCP. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw. Visionary Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’s first English-language film imagines a dystopian society in which single people must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice. They pass this time in a tightly controlled, remote hotel that is alternately homey and harrowing, encouraged to find a match from among the other single inhabitants and aggressively dissuaded from finding solitary contentment. After a potential coupling goes very awry, David (Farrell) finds himself on the run and in the company of anti-couple renegades whose rules are just as strict, with consequences for nonconformity that are just as grave. Lanthimos’s art-house hit stakes out a singular terrain between comedy, horror, fable, and satire, and features undauntedly committed performances by Farrell and Weisz.
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