Michael: "I think you're extraordinary." Lisa: "Why?" Michael: "I don't know yet, it's just obvious to me that you are." (From the Film)
What is it to be human? To ache?
Charlie Kaufman's latest involving a small story and a big heart revolves around Michael, a minor celebrity in customer services. He is in Cincinnati to be the keynote speaker at a conference. Michael is also depressed, painfully so, and his hollow inside aches. Anomalisa -not only with its raw animation but also with the voicing of its puppet people- breathes out the desparate 'Fregoli syndrome' -that peculiar ailment whose sufferers believe everybody is the same person out to get them. Everyone but Michael has the same flat monotonous voice, and the same vintage marionette face. Everyone except Lisa, that is. It`s not so clear why Lisa, the broken, shy woman he meets at the hotel bar is the other truly human person in this world. But she is. For a while, at least. Kaufman does it again: with stunning tenderness he deconstructs and brings back to life the intricacies of the natural engineering behind our flawed humanness, travelling back and forth between the hollows of loneliness, the craving for connection, and those so very impermanent moments of magic called love.
2015 TORONTO, VENICE GRAND SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, VENICE FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL DIGITAL AWARD, 2016 GOLDEN GLOBES
Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplays for Being John Malkovich (1999), Human Nature (2001), Adaptation. (2002), and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002). He won an Academy Award for the screenplay of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). He directed Synecdoche, New York (2008, !f 2009) and Anomalisa (2015). Duke Johnson directed the short Marrying God (2006), episodes of Moral Orel (2005-08) and Mary Shelley`s Frankenhole (2010-12). Anomalisa (2015) is his feature debut.