Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Story: Stop-motion adult animated comedy-drama directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, based on a play written by Charlie Kaufman. The movie follows Michael Stone (David Thewlis), husband, father, respected author and motivational speaker who’s own life lacks motivation as he struggles with his inability to connect to people and ultimately feels crippled by the mundanity of his life.
Then his life and world view changes after he goes on a business trip to Cincinnati and checks into the Fregoli Hotel where he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Lason Leigh), who looks and sounds differently than everyone else and may or may not be the love of his life.
Verdict: Anomalisa is a thought-provoking bittersweet story that is amazing to look at, just for the stunning technical achievement, but it definitely isn’t for everyone.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 8)
Michael Stone: What is it to be human? What is it to ache? What is it to be alive?
Michael Stone: Each person you speak to has had a day, some of the days have been good, some bad.
Michael Stone: Each person you speak to has had a childhood. Each has a body, each body has aches.
Michael Stone: Look for what is special about each individual, focus on that.
Michael Stone: Remember there is someone out there for everyone.
Michael Stone: I think you’re extraordinary.
Michael Stone: I don’t know yet, it’s just obvious to me that you are.
Michael Stone: Our time is limited, we forget that.
[as the plane lands]
Man on Plane: Sorry, I grabbed your hand.
Michael Stone: It’s okay.
Man on Plane: It’s a reflex. I don’t like to fly.
Michael Stone: I said it’s okay. You can let go now though.
Total Quotes: 8