Previously at the ICA - Films
11 Mar 2016 – 23 Apr 2016
Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, who penned such singular creations as Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York, the Oscar-nominated Anomalisa has a cast of puppets to tell a story of accidental love. Voiced by David Thewlis, Michael Stone is a motivational author arriving in Cincinnati to address a suitably devotional audience. With a failed marriage and a long-regretted romantic break-up behind him, his ennui is palpable. Until, that is, a chance encounter with an insecure but kindhearted fan (Synecdoche’s Jennifer Jason Leigh) triggers a mutual epiphany. Our protagonists’ emotions are somehow rendered all the more powerfully by the stop-motion animation, while equally remarkable are the skills of Tom Noonan, who voices literally dozens of other characters. The whole enterprise proves to be an idiosyncratically beautiful, life-affirming gem.
Annomalisa, dir. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA 2015, 90 mins