Anomalisa

Anomalisa

Anomalisa

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) writes and co-directs this stop-motion animated drama with shades of absurdist humour, following a self-help “guru” who can’t seem to help himself.

Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.

The other co-director of the film, Duke Johnson, is known for his television works directing Frankenhole, Moral Orel, and the stop-motion episode of Community.

Grand Jury Prize and Future Film Festival Digital Award winner at Venice Film Festival 2015
2015Rating: R16, Offensive language & sex scenes91 minsUSA
AnimatedComedyDramaFestival & Independent
Director:
Charlie Kaufman ('Synecdoche, New York')Duke Johnson (feature debut)
Writer:
Charlie Kaufman
Cast:
Jennifer Jason LeighDavid ThewlisTom Noonan
89%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A minor miracle on multiple levels, from the Kickstarter campaign that funded it to the oh-so-delicate way the film creeps up on you...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's both soaringly romantic and truly sad.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Kaufman and Johnson tease out the possible causes and effects of Michael's crisis with great imagination...

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The sad and stingingly painful “Anomalisa,” a beautiful big-screen whatsit, features a throng of whiners, malcontents and depressives along with one bright soul who hasn’t let disappointment break her.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A movie with wit to burn and enough incidental touches that the total achievement feels immense.

5.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Filtered through Kaufman's searching mind and soulful brilliance, the result is a masterpiece.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Charlie Kaufman is back. It's good to hear his voice.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A wonderfully odd consideration of those questions about love, pain, solitude and human connection we all ask...

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Gently rolls over you like a wave, enveloping you into its world and staying with you long after.

0

It’s risky to hype an animated film as a “masterpiece” but calling it the “most human movie of the year” is particularly brave. As we know, marketing is the art of labelling faults as virtues and in this case the hype disguises the film’s absence of humanity, morality or narrative purpose. Filmed entirely in stop-motion animation, it uses innovative...

3.0
0

Charlie Kaufman has a knack for tapping into the inner psyche of what we think about life and how we perceive the world. A beautiful and poignant film.

5.0
0

I didn't get Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop motion animated love story "Anomalisa", It's probably something I'll need to watch a second time. I appreciate the beautiful artistry and painstaking work that went into making this film. These are the most realistic puppets I've ever seen, and I love the aesthetics and design of the hotel where most of...

4.0
0

This had potential but was just the usual predictable white middle class man crisis having an affair.The stop motion was great ,as good as thunder birds but could have chosen a more deserving story line.incedibally slow .

1.0
0

My 1st word post watching this was WOW. This film, despite it's stop motion puppetry, is more real and human than anything I've seen in ages. It's script is superbly written. The characters are believable and the situations they find themselves in we can all relate to.

5.0
0

Kaufman's genius is in his ability to bend the rules of cinema to create a beautiful representation of a psyche. In Anomalisa you may expect a touching romance for the older generation with a twist (stop-motion animation). What's actually there is a unique and tremendously emotional story executed in the best possible way imaginable. Through the 3 person...

5.0
0

Great return to directing for Kaufman - and a unique approach to animation. Funny, engaging and suitably weird.

4.0
0

Different - but a good different - laughs and head scratching aplenty.

3.0
0

Crazy amazing mix of Mary & Max stop motion, lack of music like No Country for Old Men, puppet/animation like Team America World Police and many awkward moments like I was watching a Woody Allen movie! On the whole, it's a great art house work which would do well in any Rialto or Film Festival piece. However, most movie goers will not enjoy this for it's...

4.0
0

When you mix Lost in Translation with Up In Air, you'll find the taste of the cocktail is exactly like Anomalisa. I was expecting far more than a story abouta married mid-age man looking for a 'meaningful' hookup with a fan of his. The ending is especially quick and thoughtless.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A minor miracle on multiple levels, from the Kickstarter campaign that funded it to the oh-so-delicate way the film creeps up on you...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's both soaringly romantic and truly sad.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Kaufman and Johnson tease out the possible causes and effects of Michael's crisis with great imagination...

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The sad and stingingly painful “Anomalisa,” a beautiful big-screen whatsit, features a throng of whiners, malcontents and depressives along with one bright soul who hasn’t let disappointment break her.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A movie with wit to burn and enough incidental touches that the total achievement feels immense.

5.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Filtered through Kaufman's searching mind and soulful brilliance, the result is a masterpiece.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Charlie Kaufman is back. It's good to hear his voice.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A wonderfully odd consideration of those questions about love, pain, solitude and human connection we all ask...

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Gently rolls over you like a wave, enveloping you into its world and staying with you long after.

0

It’s risky to hype an animated film as a “masterpiece” but calling it the “most human movie of the year” is particularly brave. As we know, marketing is the art of labelling faults as virtues and in this case the hype disguises the film’s absence of humanity, morality or narrative purpose. Filmed entirely in stop-motion animation, it uses innovative...

3.0
0

Charlie Kaufman has a knack for tapping into the inner psyche of what we think about life and how we perceive the world. A beautiful and poignant film.

5.0
0

I didn't get Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop motion animated love story "Anomalisa", It's probably something I'll need to watch a second time. I appreciate the beautiful artistry and painstaking work that went into making this film. These are the most realistic puppets I've ever seen, and I love the aesthetics and design of the hotel where most of...

4.0
0

This had potential but was just the usual predictable white middle class man crisis having an affair.The stop motion was great ,as good as thunder birds but could have chosen a more deserving story line.incedibally slow .

1.0
0

My 1st word post watching this was WOW. This film, despite it's stop motion puppetry, is more real and human than anything I've seen in ages. It's script is superbly written. The characters are believable and the situations they find themselves in we can all relate to.

5.0
0

Kaufman's genius is in his ability to bend the rules of cinema to create a beautiful representation of a psyche. In Anomalisa you may expect a touching romance for the older generation with a twist (stop-motion animation). What's actually there is a unique and tremendously emotional story executed in the best possible way imaginable. Through the 3 person...

5.0
0

Great return to directing for Kaufman - and a unique approach to animation. Funny, engaging and suitably weird.

4.0
0

Different - but a good different - laughs and head scratching aplenty.

3.0
0

Crazy amazing mix of Mary & Max stop motion, lack of music like No Country for Old Men, puppet/animation like Team America World Police and many awkward moments like I was watching a Woody Allen movie! On the whole, it's a great art house work which would do well in any Rialto or Film Festival piece. However, most movie goers will not enjoy this for it's...

4.0
0

When you mix Lost in Translation with Up In Air, you'll find the taste of the cocktail is exactly like Anomalisa. I was expecting far more than a story abouta married mid-age man looking for a 'meaningful' hookup with a fan of his. The ending is especially quick and thoughtless.

3.0
0