Es­cape claws

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re­leased 8 Fe­bru­ary 2015 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD

Di­rec­tor Yorgos Lan­thi­mos

Cast Colin Far­rell, Rachel Weisz,

Jes­sica Bar­den, Olivia Col­man

Re­mem­ber when peo­ple with lit­tle in com­mon fell in love? The rise of on­line dat­ing’s com­pat­i­bil­ity al­go­rithms means it’s an in­creas­ingly un­com­mon phe­nom­e­non. That’s just one as­pect of mod­ern ro­mance skew­ered by Yorgos Lan­thi­mos’s English- lan­guage de­but.

In the same ab­sur­dist vein as the Greek di­rec­tor’s Dog­tooth and Alps, it’s set in a near fu­ture – or per­haps an al­ter­nate re­al­ity – where not be­ing cou­pled- up is even more of a so­cial crime than it is now. Sin­gle­tons are given 45 days in a ho­tel to fall in love – which ba­si­cally means find­ing some­one with whom you share a defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic, be it a limp or a love of maths. Fail, and you’re trans­formed into the an­i­mal of your choice. The tit­u­lar crus­tacean is the pick of David ( a paunchy, mous­ta­chioed Colin Far­rell).

A dead­pan sur­re­al­ist al­le­gory with moments of jet- black com­edy ( one in­volves a dog be­ing kicked to death) it’s a witty ex­er­cise, whose bleak, Bunuelian satire of the lengths we’ll go to to be with some­one is clev­erly worked through. But while the cast are ex­cel­lent and the de­lib­er­ately flat, af­fect­less per­for­mances do fit, their alien­at­ing ef­fect makes this is a film that im­presses in­tel­lec­tu­ally, but in­spires no emo­tion.

Ex­tras Be­hind- the- scenes piece; trailer. Ian Ber­ri­man

Fancy stay­ing at the ho­tel fea­tured in the film? It’s the Park­nasilla Re­sort near Sneem, County Kerry, Ire­land.

The mind- meld wasn’t work­ing.

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