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What to Watch in March: Love is Absurd in ‘The Lobster’

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Nate von Zumwalt

Yorgos Lanthimos’ relentless trademark absurdism is at its best and most pointed in The Lobster, the Colin Farrell-led drama that sees its protagonist defect from a matchmaking hotel where he has 45 days to find a partner or be transformed into an animal of his choice. The Lobster operates on any number of frequencies, from its acute sense of pacing to its dreary, nearly monochromatic visual aesthetic, Lanthimos’ writing and direction pull the viewer in varying directions while chopping at the cultural underpinnings of modern love – or worse, what it could become. The film finally makes its commercial theatrical run next Friday after premiering at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Check out all of the Sundance-supported films coming to theaters and digital platforms this month.

In Theaters

Wednesday, March 2

Songs My Brothers Taught Me, directed by Chloé Zhao

Friday, March 4

Trapped, directed by Dawn Porter

Friday, March 11

City of Gold, directed by Laura Gabbert

The Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Friday, March 18

The Bronze, directed by Bryan Buckley


Take Me to the River, directed by Matt Sobel

On Stage

Sundance Institute Theatre Program-supported projects coming to the stage this month.

March 22

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Netflix

March 10-16

10,000 Saints, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Finders Keepers, directed by Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel

DVD & Blu-Ray

Tuesday, March 8

The Forbidden Room, directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson

The Tribe, directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky

Tuesday, March 15

Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley

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