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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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Charlie Kaufman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Thewlis ... Michael Stone (voice)
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lisa Hesselman (voice)
Tom Noonan ... Everyone else (voice)
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

11 March 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anomalisa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,222, 3 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,759,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,659,286
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song Lisa sings to Michael was originally supposed to be Céline Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", but was changed to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" when the Titanic (1997) theme song could not be licensed for the movie. See more »

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This movie takes place in 2005, prior to the Ohio smoking ban that went into effect in late 2006. Smoking would have been allowed in the hotel. See more »

Quotes

[From trailer]
Michael Stone: [to Lisa] I think you're extraordinary.
Lisa: Why?
Michael Stone: I don't know yet. It's just obvious to me that you are.
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Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Written by Robert Hazard
Italian translation by Stefano Tomaselli
Vocals by Jennifer Jason Leigh
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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4 December 2015 | by gsygsySee all my reviews

The latest of Charlie Kaufmann's demonstrations of the effect of point-of-view on story-telling, Anomalisa takes its place in that magnificent line of works beginning with Being John Malkovich, through Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche New York, all works of genius.

Taking its cue from a delusional condition, Kaufmann applies the point of view of a sufferer to an otherwise banal midlife crisis and comes up with a remarkable and completely unexpected way of presenting it to us.

Kaufmann is awesome.

As well as the terrific visuals, courtesy of co-director Duke Johnson and his team, there is yet another bullseye from composer Carter Burwell.

The pace of the movie is leisurely. The material feels unusually stretched for a Kaufmann script, which may be because it apparently started out as a 40 minute work. Really, though, it doesn't matter. I'd rather spend a little too long with Anomalisa than five minutes with several other films I could mention. This, after all, is an amazing piece of art.


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