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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 & 74 nominations. See more awards »



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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

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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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English | Italian | Japanese

Release Date:

11 March 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anomalisa See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael stays at the Fregoli hotel. The Fregoli delusion, or the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. The syndrome may be related to a brain lesion and is often of a paranoid nature, with the delusional person believing themselves persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise. The condition is named after the Italian actor Leopoldo Fregoli, who was renowned for his ability to make quick changes of appearance during his stage act. See more »


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: Remember there is someone out there for everyone.
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Referenced in Bloodworks: Stop Motion Epic (2014) See more »


Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais)
from the opera "Lakmé"
Written by Léo Delibes
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Deep, Or At Least Seemingly So
18 January 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life (voiced by David Thewlis) experiences something out of the ordinary.

Through most of 2015, "Inside Out" was seen as the clear winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Then, almost out of nowhere, this film started popping up as the possible usurper. After all, it comes from Charlie Kaufman, one of the great Hollywood screenwriters. And the stop-motion animation is among some of the best ever done. If anyone could knock Pixar off their pedestal, it was Kaufman.

This film reveals itself slowly. It may take a while before you realize that all voices come from Tom Noonan. But it increasingly becomes painfully obvious... even the women have the same male voice. Even the lead character's wife and son. And for a while, this might be confusing. What would the point of doing this be? And then comes Lisa (the anomaly), which brings everything into clarity.

With the relationship of Michael and Lisa, we have a strange dynamic. Michael is something of a celebrity and is said to be quite handsome (it is hard to judge). Lisa is, on the other hand, insecure and not overly assertive. In fact, almost completely lacking in any assertiveness. From Michael's point of view, she is the answer to his prayers: the one person different in all the world. But to outside observers (i.e. us), is he taking advantage of her, using her as only a thing and not a person?

Which raises the bigger question, is Michael tragic or evil? He makes some bad moral decisions. Most notably trying to have an affair with one woman and then another. But is he evil? Or just weak in his own way? He is strongly hinted at suffering from some sort of delusion wherein the world is out to get him. Should we feel sorry for him?

Again, we should expect complex characters from Charlie Kaufman. This is the man who brought us such thought-provoking films as "Being John Malkovich" (1999), "Adaptation" (2002), and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004). But this one does not live up to those others. It unfortunately seems to be too boring at times, and is far more depressing than even "Eternal Sunshine" was.

As a technical achievement, it is the better film when compared with "Inside Out". The work involved was more intense, and the script is arguably better (though they are both great). But "Inside Out" will take the award... it is the more uplifting film, the more emotional film and the one that will hit home for more viewers. "Anomalisa" is worth seeing, but is not the best cartoon of 2015.

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