The A.V. Club’s own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky called the The Lobster, the latest surreal, darkly comedic film from Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos, “funny,” “unsettling,” and, “occasionally gruesome” when he watched it at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Now, you can see for yourself—in bite-sized trailer form, at least—whether you’re as affected by Lanthimos’ tale of a sad-sack divorcee (Colin Farrell) who’s forced to attend a government-run resort where single people are transformed into animals by a relationship-minded bureaucracy. (The title comes from Farrell’s chosen form if he fails, which Olivia Colman, playing the resort’s polite-but-sympathy-free manager, notes is, “an excellent choice.”)
Besides Farrell, the film also features a host of other glum-looking romantic failures, played by the likes of Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly, all looking suitably dejected in their government-issue ponchos and poorly tailored evening dress. Despite the potentially dour subject matter, the trailer suggests a core of inventive madness at the movie’s heart, one which will hopefully fully expose itself when The Lobster arrives in theaters on October 16.