LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09:  Yorgos Lanthimos attends the Film Independent at LACMA presents "Lobster" screening and Q&A on May 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Doheny/WireImage)
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A Series Of Intimate Questions Led Yorgos Lanthimos To Create The Lobster
Despite its dark premise and general absurdity, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” is a comedy meant to be laughed at. The film explores the theme of modern romance and how futile love can feel sometimes, and Lanthimos revealed that when writing the film, he was contemplating some pretty serious questions about what it means to be in a relationship.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Lanthimos explained where the idea for the film came from, saying “We wanted to do something about romantic relationships and how single people are treated within society. The pressure that is on them in order to be with someone … the pressure that they put on themselves to be with someone.”
Lanthimos said that the film’s goal was to take the ubiquitous experience of dating and ask difficult questions about it, explaining “It’s a matter of making that observation and then start to ask questions about it: Why is it like that? […] Isn’t there any other way?” Lanthimos admitted that he didn’t have answers, but “it’s important to question some things we take as granted.”