In this off-kilter dystopia, being single comes at a higher cost than not having plans on Valentine's Day. In The Lobster, people are expected to pair off with a monogamous partner by a certain age. If a person fails to achieve coupledom, like Colin Farrell's character, he's shipped off to a "single's resort" where people have a last-ditch chance for romance. What happens to the people who fail to find chemistry? They get turned into animals, and roam around forests surrounding cities and resorts.