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From Academy Award® winning writer/director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs (HARVEY KRUMPET) comes the hilarious and moving new claymated feature film about the pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced by Oscar® nominee Toni Collette) is a lonely 8-year-old in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Max Jerry Horovitz (Oscar® winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is an obese 44-year-old with Asperger s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. Over the course of 20 years and 2 continents, their unusual journey of friendship will explore autism, taxidermy, alcoholism, where babies come from, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and more of life s big and little surprises.
Mary and Max, a Claymation film by Academy Award-winning animator Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet), has just enough quirky oddity to distinguish it from Elliot's fiercest Claymation competitor, Aardman Animation (Wallace and Gromit). Mary and Max tells the story of a 20-year pen pal friendship between an 8-year-old Australian goth girl, Mary Daisy Dinkle (Toni Collette), and 44-year-old New Yorker Max Horowitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The film's humor throughout is rooted in a general malaise that afflicts both characters. Mary, who has an alcoholic mother, a dull father who works in a matchstick factory, and a grandfather who committed suicide by drinking ammonia, is quite fed up with her ensuing adolescence. Fortunately, she reaches to the right person, an agoraphobic man with Asperger's syndrome who wants friends but has no clue how to acquire them. As the story progresses, years lapse and the two learn to rely on each other in more intimate ways until conflicts arise that add tension to an already-packed narrative. The animation style, done mostly in a gray to black palette with an overall droopy look, enhances the melancholic feeling that exudes from this intriguing story. Funny details, too, make it suitable for kids, such as Max's never-ending passion for chocolate hot dogs. While the letters are shared with the viewer, read aloud by either Mary or Max, one discovers universal anxieties and how they can be remedied through friendship. When Mary asks, "Have you ever been teased?" Max has pages to draft on this topic. Mary and Max is a uniquely bittersweet film starring two clay-sculpted outcasts that leaves one hoping for a sequel. --Trinie Dalton
I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman and bought this before his passing. I will always enjoy it knowing what a great and versatile actor he was.
Wonderful, bittersweet film.
This was a gift for my daughter. She said it was great and she loved it!!Published 19 days ago by Nurse13
Best Claymation ever done. Heart breaking and funny and deeply meaningful. They made us weep over clay figures lives.Published 28 days ago by AlchemystAZ
What a brilliant, hilarious, tragic, honest film... so worth watching.Published 1 month ago by drowntown
A superbly told fable of a friendship between a young Australian girl and an old NY Jew. Moving and gentle, the sort of thing I usually hate. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barry W. Brown
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Gracias. Buena información y gran film. Best! ;0)
Apr 3, 2011 by AL Pastor | See all 2 posts
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The Facebook page of the film confirmed today that it will go for pre-order tomorrow on this site!
Jan 26, 2010 by William Skaleski | See all 3 posts
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