August 26, 2010

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Adam Elliot’s tale of two outsiders connecting over vast distances, generational gaps and through the years (and, gasp, pre-Facebook) isn’t trying to make any huge strides in animation, but merely tells a compelling and often funny tale in a medium dominated by the Shrek’s and Up’s of the world (i.e. films for kids that also appeal to adults). He succeeds.

Elliot’s film is defiantly adult and manages to be extremely touching at the same time. The characters are so well written that you sometimes forget they’re animated, and you cry, laugh, hope and fear along with them. And, as the relationship develops over time, you realize that you are just as invested in it as they are.

Loneliness and the desire for human companionship are the simplest of human needs, but can be the most complex subjects to deal with properly. Elliot deals with every angle and nuance of this friendship against the odds.

MARY & MAX | Directed by Adam Elliot (Australia 2009) with Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman (voices). Opens in Berlin cinemas on August 26.


August 26, 2010

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