In what can only be described as a challenge to make two of the most charismatic and beautiful people in the world as ugly as possible, Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, the stars of Yorgos Lanthimos’ Lobster, dive head first into the existential nightmare of a Todd Solondz movie. As we say each time a challenge is accepted: challenge accepted.
Described as, oh great, an updated Oedipal story, Solondz Natural child speaks, well, of a child who wants to get rid of his father so that he can have his mother to himself. Either way, things go wrong when a “handsome stranger appears.” It’s still unclear whether Farrell plays the father or the “handsome stranger” – however, judging by his performance in Lobster, it wouldn’t be that hard to imagine a kid getting rid of Farrell. Or, maybe Weisz is the handsome stranger. It’s Solondz, so maybe they both play the same character or something. Look, there isn’t a lot of information yet.
“This is my first movie with a plot and my first movie set in Texas,” Todd Solondz said in a statement. “It’s fun and it’s sexy and it’s shaped by the Hollywood movies that made me want to be a filmmaker. I have always loved the work of Rachel and Colin and I am very honored to be able to also awaken their passion for serious and unexpected work.
We’re making jokes, but it’s very exciting that two of our best living actors are directing a new movie with one of our most provocative living writers. Solondz’s latest film, Wiener-Chien, a pseudo-continuation of his escape Welcome to the dollhouse, was released in 2016, which is just enough time to start craving more Solondz. At the very least, the movie will probably leave us needing a shower so that we can walk in with all of our clothes on and cry and cry and cry. We’re waiting impatiently.