In the meantime, I busy myself with keeping the machines oiled and the cogs spinning; and essentially that is all we are ever doing really, keeping balls in the air and keeping our lives in motion. To be honest, I do quite love the day to day things, the mundane and the predictable things, they are the things that make life comfortable and the difficulties bearable in a noisy world.
Regardless of how many times I have traveled abroad, I have never gotten tired of that completely wonderful moment when I return home and celebrate falling back into the arms of my loved ones, flopping onto my own bed and eating at the table with my own people again. It is something that is incomparable to anything else in this world, and far, far more precious than any exotic destination.
Sometimes falling back into line after a holiday can in fact be a fantastic thing, stepping back for the briefest of moments really can make you realise, that there is no place like home.
Release Date: 2015
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 119 mins
Set in a dystopian future where single people must find a partner within 45 days or be transformed into an animal, The Lobster delivers something poignant and unique that is so unashamedly lacking in sentimentality that it will probably leave some audiences quite shell shocked. Directed and semi-written by Yorgos Lanthimos, better known for his work on Dogtooth, The Lobster won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and has intrigued audiences with it's non-conventional approach to relationship material.
David (Colin Farrell) arrives at a mysterious hotel for a 45 day stay. In that time he must fall in love or be transformed into a lobster; the animal that he has chosen to become if he fails. When the prospect of potential love begins to look grim, Dave escapes the hotel and flees into the forest to join a renegade group of loners. It is in the woods that Dave encounters a short sighted woman (Rachel Weisz) that changes his life.
The tremendous cast do a fantastic job here of delivering something that is both humorous and yet also very deeply upsetting. Notable support is offered by Ben Whinshaw, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly and Olivia Coleman, but it is Farrell and Weisz that really bring this gem into the sunshine.
If you like originality and can handle things that stray far from centre, then you too will enjoy this strange and completely compelling tale.
FINAL SAY: It's no coincidence that the targets are shaped like single people and not couples.
4 Chili Peppers