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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.


Charlie Kaufman
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
David Thewlis ... Michael Stone (voice)
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lisa Hesselman (voice)
Tom Noonan ... 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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Did You Know?


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 »


When Lisa is explaining their drive down from Akron said, "The 71, pretty much went straight to Cincinnati.": it is a preface uncommon to Ohioans, although it is common in nearby western New York, and has bled somewhat into northeast Ohio, it is much more likely that someone from northeast Ohio would have said "I-71" as opposed to "The 71". See more »


Michael Stone: I think there's something very very wrong with me...
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Featured in Top 10 Best Animated Films of the 2010 Decade (2019) See more »


Traditional Japanese children's song
Performed by the Geisha doll
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Anomalisa: A Mona Lisa
1 January 2016 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

Caught this film at a last minute matinée at ArcLight Hollywood. It's a stop motion animated film about a British author, voiced by David Thewlis, coming to Cincinnati for one night for a conference and his time spent in a first class hotel.

At the beginning I was impatient with it, I thought it might be just a stop motion South Park episode, where all the voices are pretty much the same. Then when the character of Lisa came on the screen, it all changed for me. I got it, it clicked.

The film is so disarmingly simple in its beauty and elegance. The relationship between the two main characters really touches you. Plus I'd never thought I'd be moved by the singing of a particular well known 1980s pop song in the film.

The role of Lisa was a diamond in the rough character, a beautiful, flawed girl whose been wrongly ignored romantically and it just takes the right person to see how fantastic she really is. It made me think of the times I wished I'd had a Lisa in my life and the times I was fortunate enough to have one. Lisa was voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh in a performance that fooled me, I was so drawn into the character I had no idea it was her, I only saw Lisa as Lisa.

While not a perfect film, it won me over and works on many levels, the filmmakers, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, leave it largely up for the viewer to decide what the film is about. Is the lead character insane? Is he in Limbo, his own private Hell, is everyone a robot, wearing masks literally? Does he see oil painting beauty in someone one day and the next sees only cracks and flaws? Who can say?

One thing though, voice actor Tom Noonan, albeit talented, should never sing again, ever. Never again, Dollarhyde, never again.

Anomalisa, or as I call it, A Mona Lisa, is the same as the iconic painting that is its namesake, kind of a thing of flawed beauty.

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English | Italian | Japanese

Release Date:

11 March 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,222, 3 January 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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