Mary and Max2009
Mary and Max (2009)
Critic Consensus: Mary and Max is a lovingly crafted, startlingly inventive piece of animation whose technical craft is equaled by its emotional resonance.
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as Mary Daisy Dinkle (adult)
as Max Jerry Horowitz
as Mary Daisy Dinkle (child)
as Homeless Man
as Kissing Woman/Bus Stop Mother
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Critic Reviews for Mary and Max
This clay animation feels as if it was written by the early Woody Allen. Actually the genius behind it is Adam Elliot, who wrote, designed and directed this eccentric, wryly funny story.
Elliot is a talent eccentric enough to make Nick Park look like an office drone, and the serious sadness underpinning his vision only makes the humour work better.
It's a 20-year story that absorbs and beguiles, despite the ugly subject matter.
A very odd, very unlikely animated film from Australia that manages to be sickly-cute, alarmingly grotesque, and right-on at the same time -- often in the very same scene.
Up may be a really good film, but compared to Mary and Max it's an episode of Thundercats.
Audience Reviews for Mary and Max
Gut-wrenching loneliness is at the heart of this work that drives two dissimilar though tortured souls from opposite sides of the world to find each other. Along the way are marriage, death, mental illness and even separation - and how can one separate from someone who you've have never seen? The overall is touching, but sad. Though rendered in animation there's no juvenile cop-out for this mature work about mature themes.
A beautiful and heartbreaking claymation about depression, loneliness and friendship, crafted with a gorgeous production design, a wonderful direction and a bittersweet story that is so profoundly touching it is hard to imagine anyone who wouldn't be moved by it.
A wonderfully sweet and beautiful movie!
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