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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
... Michael Stone (voice)
... Lisa Hesselman (voice)
... Everyone else (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 January 2016 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Anomalisa  »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,222, 3 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael stays at the Fregoli Hotel. Charlie Kaufman wrote the play as Francis Fregoli. See more »


When we are looking out of the hotel room at the city through the rain-spattered glass, the moon rises in the night sky followed by the sun rising in the morning from right to left, which is the wrong direction for the the Northern Hemisphere, where the movie is set. See more »


[From Trailer]
Michael Stone: Look for what is special about each individual, focus on that.
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Featured in The Oscars (2016) See more »


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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Would have been a great short film
7 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I am a huge Charlie Kaufman fan, and was very excited to get the chance to see this film at the Denver Film Festival this week. However, this film was extremely disappointing. The plot was quite boring and the film really just seemed to be a character study of loneliness and mental health deterioration. It would have made a great short film, but it was entirely too long for such a low-quality plot. The ending left me extremely unsatisfied.

However, I did enjoy the animation, sound, and other technical aspects of the film. But I'd have to rate this 5 stars and place it next to down there next to Schenectady, New York as one of my least favorite Charlie Kaufman films. Apparently I prefer films he writes but does not direct. I'm ready for another Spike Jonze collaboration!

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