Mary and Max
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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.
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A lonely young girl in Australia becomes the pen pal of a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome in New York City.
Their correspondence leads to a lifelong friendship, but both character's lives are fraught with difficulties. As for disturbing scenes, well, there is a mother who drinks heavily, a woman falls into a deep depression and Asperger's Syndrome is shown in all of it's anxiety and need for routine. There are quite a few goldfish who die, and genuine emotions run a wide spectrum. Both characters have memories of being teased and bullied when they were young, and a few colorful characters pepper the entire movie.
This movie is beautifully made, mostly in greys and browns except for the bright spots of color carefully placed.
I love that I own this movie. Now I can watch it any time I want to. NAND it does get better with each viewing.
First things first: This claymation movie is NOT for kids. That out of the way, I related to both Max and Mary a lot (even though I'm a dude and much older than Mary, sue me, haha). Hope no one had too much of a problem with the age difference of their friendship since I think, deep down, most of us are just looking for a little connection with a kindred spirit in this world. We're all only human and flawed, after all, but I think mostly good hearted and just trying to do our best, as I said. Loved the quote right at the end, something like: "God gave us our relatives. Thank God we can choose our friends." So damn true. Anyway, so if anyone out there (of all ages) has ever felt different from the herd, ever felt lost, alienated, or like they don't belong in this world, I'd definitely recommend this movie to you, my fellow misfit and kindred spirit :) If you agree with my review at all, you can mostly find me these days at twitter dot com/ShyLivesMatter Peace :)
I didn't know what to expect. I had never heard of this movie before. What a lucky surprise!
Embracing being an outsider
I was so moved by this claymation film, at the movie's end I was overwhelmed for a few seconds.
"God gave us relatives. Thank God we can choose our friends."
What a gem.