mary & max

H and I watched mary & max, the 2009 Australian clay-animated film by Adam Elliot, over the weekend. The basic story is a friendship between to unlikely pen pals, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in Melbourne, Australia, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. the clay-animation was fun departure from live acting or 3-D gimmicks, and there was a lot of depth too. the film bravely tackles multiple dark themes- including childhood neglect, teasing, loneliness, autism--Asperger's Syndrome, depression and anxiety but still manages to be funny and heartwarming. Toni Collette (one of my favorites!) lends her voice as mary and Philip Seymour Hoffman is max. add it to your to-see list.
(watch the trailer)

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