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Anomalisa (2015)

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A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

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Michael Stone, an author that specializes in customer service, is a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people. His low sensitivity to excitement, and his lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive life on his own perspective. But, when he went on a business trip, he met a stranger - an extraordinary stranger, which slowly became a cure for his negative view on life that possibly will change his mundane life. Written by Gusde

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Welcome to the Kaufman surreal-neorealism tale in a dull world of sameness.


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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$135,222 (USA) (1 January 2016)

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$3,442,820 (USA) (18 March 2016)
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Charlie Kaufman's first stop-motion animated feature. See more »

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A full moon cannot be followed through the dawn sky by the sun, since when seen 'near' together it would be a new moon (only visible as a black disc during an eclipse). A full moon is always opposite in the sky from the sun which illuminates it. See more »

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Michael Stone: Sometimes there's no lesson. That's a lesson in itself.
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If you can make it through the first half, there's some interesting stuff
30 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love the writer Charlie Kaufman, but I'm not as enamored of the director Charlie Kaufman, who indulges his worst tendencies in a way others won't.

Anomalisa starts very slowly, as middle-aged Michael comes into Cincinnati to give a lecture. The movie has a great love for the mundane, so we get a taxi driver giving advice, we get Michael's checking in and ordering dinner, we get an uncomfortable dinner with an ex.

The only notable thing in the early part of this animated drama is that everyone Michael meets is voiced by one actor, both men and women. Only Michael has a unique voice. Then he meets a young, insecure woman who also has a unique voice (wonderfully done by Jennifer Jason Leigh), and this leads to bland conversation and a rather long sex scene.

After all that, I was bored and restless, but then the movie picks up, offering a fascinating scene in the hotel basement after which the movie is weird, funny, sad, and brutally honest.

In both Anomalisa and Synecdoche, Kaufman proves he's comfortable with boring people before getting around to giving Kaufman's fans what they have come to expect from him through movies like BJM and Adaptation. This movie is a slight step up from Synecdoche, but it's still disappointing, although perhaps worth watching anyway.


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