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In the near future there will be a commitment to all single people to find a romantic partner within the hotel. Those who do not follow these laws will be turned into animals and sent to a designated place called The Wood.
The Lobster argues that the kind of pressure society places on us to find a soulmate can lead to reckless choices. But the movie gives the alternative - people who are happy being single - the same radical treatment.
Lanthimos forgoes easy sentiments about the transformative power of love; this may turn off some viewers, but there's a certain liberation and even some relief in knowing that societal pressure to settle down can be just as cruel as loneliness.