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A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angel (voice)
Jim Peck (voice)
Samuel Johnson ...
Dave Peck (voice)
Albert (voice)
Ron (voice)
Michelle (voice)
Lenny Peck (voice)
Tanita (voice)
Jamie Katsamatsas ...
Zack (voice)
Brian Meegan ...
Clement (voice)
Marcus Portman / Policeman #1 (voice)
Sammy (voice)
Stanton (voice)
Bisley (voice)
Drazen / Beanbag / Radio Announcer (voice)


A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

17 September 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

$ 9.99  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,219 (USA) (21 June 2009)


$52,107 (USA) (17 January 2010)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


You can see a record in this film called "The Dark Side of the Room" by the band Pink Wall. This is a play on words of Pink Floyd, The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon See more »


Berceuse Clouds
Written and Performed by Christopher Bowen
License courtesy of Christopher Bowen
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The meaning of life...
25 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One character in this beautifully crafted film buys a book entitled "The Meaning of Life." While we never discover exactly what that book contains, "$9.99" peruses questions about life's meaning with poignancy and affection. It's sad, silly, very human characters are people we know, and real enough so that we might occasionally forget we are watching animation.

This is not a film for the young — there is no "action," no "romance," and little to make a viewer laugh out loud. Rather, we are offered a wryly comic look at human nature, best suited for those who have lived enough of life so as to be able to identify with the film's pathetically flawed characters, and look on them with affection rather than impatience or contempt.

Human beings, the filmmakers suggest, are rarely able to communicate with other human beings, even to express love to those they love most. They are even less likely to fulfill each other's hopes and expectations. It is a pessimistic outlook, to be sure, and rather depressing — but, in the end, we are left with the message that love not only is possible, it is the only thing that gives life any meaning at all. Love — crazy, misguided, or bizarre as it may be — is all that matters.

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