Celebrating Great Films

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Mary and Max

#181 at the time of writing.

How did this wonderful film pass me by? I hadn't heard of it, or I'd forgotten. Which might go to show how hard it is for Australian films to get noticed. Yet it was the first animated film to open for the Sundance Film Festival.

It's a darkly funny story about two misfits on opposite sides of the world who maintain a tumultuous relationship as pen pals, which ultimately changes their lives.

It has all the quirkiness of Amélie and the black humour of Harold and Maude, with lots of background jokes and a meticulous attention to detail.

After the film we watched the DVD extras, which show off the blisteringly wry Australian humour that gives this film its edge.

The best animated film for adults since Belleville Rendezvous.

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