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Sunday 2nd October 5:00 PM

Mary & Max 

Director: Adam Elliot Country: Australia
Cert: 12 Year: 2009 Length: 80 mins
Mary & Max

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Audience Reaction

Score: 71.79% Attendance: 93




Is this our first claymation film?! The director Adam Elliot won an Oscar for his 2003 short Harvey Krumpet (which we will show first tonight) and returns here with a simple comedy of a eight-year old girl (voice by Toni Collette) from Melbourne who randomly writes a letter to a middle-aged Jewish New Yorker with Asperger’s Syndrome (who’s voice gives us a second chance to listen to Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Rather than throw the letter away, he replies, starting a 20 year correspondence between the two unloved, lonely pen pals, where they discuss everything under the sun from pets to taxidermy, obesity to agoraphobia. Does this work in clay? Reviewers and audiences seem to love it, what will Keswick Film Club make of it?


open_quote Manages to be sickly cute, alarmingly grotesque and right-on at the same time - often in the same scene close_quote Andrew Pulver, Guardian

open_quote This dark gem plays out like Wallace and Gromit directed by David Lynch close_quote Tim Evans, Sky Movies



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