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Mary and Max (2009)Mary and Max (2009)

Mary and Max (2009)

A unique claymation tear-jerker with voice-overs by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette.

Animation, Comedy, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.1

movie

Australia

English, Yiddish

Grown-up Comedy

2009

Adam Elliot

Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore, Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen

92 min

Synopsis

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970s, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence. Will the two ever meet face to face?

Our Take

9.1
Harrison Shanley

Mary and Max is the tale of an overlooked 8-year-old girl from Australia starting an unlikely friendship via mail with a middle-aged Jewish man from New York. Shot completely in monocromatic claymotion, it is the first feature film by Australian stop-motion animation writer, Adam Elliot, and the first ever animated film to score the opening slot at Sundance Festival. In all its playful absurdity, Mary and Max is an emotional and wise gem of a film that examines the human condition through the eyes of a troubled child and an autistic American. In contrast to its clay-based animation, it deals with some pretty dark and adult themes, but succeeds in balancing those with happiness and absurd humor. Moreover, Elliott gathered an ensemble cast to do the voice-overs, which includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, and Eric Bana. We recommend it 8 condensed milks out of 10.

Comments

J
juana doe

Watch it if you’re in the mood of crying your eyes out and enjoy the feeling of your heart being ripped out of your chest.

L
larinhazz

I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I cried rivers while watching it.

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