Sunday, January 18, 2009

"Mary and Max"

"Mary and Max", originally uploaded by calanan.

At home
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D700
Nikkor 35mm f/2

Last night we saw out very first Sundance movie, MARY AND MAX and we absolutely loved it. A bonus: The director/writer, Adam Elliot and his producer, Melanie Coombs were in the audience and gave both an opening statement and a Q&A session afterward. What a joy! This is a beautiful, moving film that I hope it picked up and distributed.


{Mary and Max} is unique. A claymation animation by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet), it tells the simple story of a 20-year pen-pal friendship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely 8-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horowitz, a 44-year-old Jewish man, who is severely obese, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, and lives an isolated life in New York City. It is very much a triumph of emotion, insight, and eccentricity—a complete delight.Animation's ability to capture the intricate complexity of life has never been on display in as absorbing fashion as with the storytelling of this Australian filmmaker, who truly makes you forget what you are watching. The originality of the voices in this ever-spinning kaleidoscope of innocence and idiosyncrasy comes straight from an incredibly rich imagination and complete artistic vision. This desire for acceptance and love amid the pain of existence is masterfully narrated by Barry Humphries and fleshed out by the voices of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette.This film that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, trust, copulating dogs, sexual and religious differences, agoraphobia, and more, and is rooted in a very personal relationship, is proof of why we go to the movies and a truly exceptional portrait of compassion and love.
Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana


Erin Alberty said...

I saw this movie Saturday night with NO idea what it was about. My little brother has Asperger's so it was really special to me. I think I would have enjoyed it even without that interest, though! Were you at Rose Wagoner?

Erin Alberty said...

Oh, that was dumb. I can see it on your tickets. Nevermind me.

calanan said...

Rachel (@rmiriam12) told us she thought you were there but we didn't see you. We were towards the rear of the lower level, stage left. Where were you?

Erin Alberty said...

Duurrrrh ... stage left? Hmm. I was lower level to the left if you're facing the stage. I was with a super tall guy (the BF) and bawling for a lot of the show.

I wrote about it here -

calanan said...

Forgive...I was in theater tech so I have stage directions on the brain. Left side of the stage (auditorium) as viewed facing the audience, thus the right side of the theater (or in this case the SE corner of the audience).