The Lobster

May 12, 2017 1:00 pm Published by

Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 89th Academy Awards

The new arrivals at the hotel sit on seven chairs on stage. David sits last in line. There is a wireless microphone which they each take to speak. Behind the podium stands the Hotel Manager. Her Husband stands beside, and a little behind her. All the residents are attending the event, including Heartless Woman, Nosebleed Woman and her Best Friend. They are all sitting very quietly. Waiters and Maids stand randomly around the room, in pairs. The 50-year-old Waiter and the Maid observe the new residents from the side of the stage.

Hotel manager
Room 206, Day 2

Limping man
Hello, everyone. My mother was left on her own when my father fell in love with a woman who was better at math than she was. She had a postgraduate degree I think, whereas my mother was only a graduate. I was nineteen at the time. My mother entered the hotel but didn’t make it and was turned into a wolf. I really missed her. I found out she’d been moved to a zoo. I often went there to see her. I’d give her raw meat, I knew wolves liked raw meat but I couldn’t figure out which of the wolves was my mother, so I used to give a little bit to each of them. One day I decided to enter the enclosure. I really missed her and I wanted a hug. I climbed the fence and jumped in. All the wolves charged at once and attacked me. All but two, who stood motionless. My guess is that one of those two must have been my mother. The zoo guards got to me quite quickly and took me to the hospital. Thankfully, I didn’t lose my leg, I just have this limp, which is also my defining characteristic. My wife died six days ago. She was very beautiful and I loved her very much. She had a limp too.

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