Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mary and Max (2009)

Director: Adam Elliot. Cast (voices): Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana. 92 min. Not Rated. Australia. Animation.

A claymation animation that vividly portrays what many of us must have experienced: a little girl in Australia randomly pen-friends of an old man in Manhattan, and these farthest ends of the friendship spectrum correspond back and forth throughout life. A very palpable concept, since through letters and emails, sometimes you get to know a person living in a far-away land better than a first-degree relative. The humorous moments are never-ending, and the rare dark moments are lingering and profound (eat your heart out, Tim Burton). And it all points to a great quote at the end of the film:

"God gave us relatives. Thank God we can choose our friends."
                                                                                           - Ethel Mumford

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