I watched a great one last week called Mary and Max by Adam Elliot. A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.
Interview with the Diretor Adam Elliot
Academy Award winner Adam Elliot discusses his feature debut, Mary and Max, the stop-motion animated story of a friendship that defied the distance between two different worlds, a film that opened the Sundance Film Festival on January 2009 and went on to win the Cristal at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival afterwards.
Adam Elliot on Sundance
Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot and Producer Melanie Coombs sat down with the Daily Californian at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss Mary and Max, their first feature-length film, selected as the festivals opener.
The claymation film catalogues the relationship between an 8 year-old Australian girl and her pen pal, a 44 year-old New Yorker with Asperger Syndrome. The film treats their relationship with sympathy rather than condescension, and black humour that had the audience at the first press and industry screening yesterday chuckling for its duration (quite a feat). Geoff Gilmore, the Sundance Film Festival Director, called Mary and Max his favourite opening film of the past 19 years.
A full review of the film will be available on the Daily Cal's website on blog.dailycal.org/arts/.
"I think it's a fantastic film about keeping something old-fashioned, friendship, alive. Beyond the hyper technology of social networking and such, Mary and Max coax each other out of her and his shell. One could say that the ending is too depressing or melodramatic or convenient, but I think it's just right -- they could never meet face to face. That would defeat the purpose of their pin-pal bond and bring it into an ordinary veneer."
This is a good suggestion of lovely & cute movie. I thought it was a little bit slow on its 3/4 part, but it was GREATTTT and poetic!