Thursday, 15 January 2015

Film Review - Mary & Max (2009) by Adam Eliot

Mary & Max (2009) is a Australian clay animation directed by Adam Eliot. This film have received many awards especially received the Annecy Cristal in Annecy International Animation Film Festival.  Adam Eliot is a Australian stop-motion animator who works independently. His films has participated over 600 film festivals and received over 100 awards including an Oscar for Harvie Krumpet and the Annecy Cristal for this film. In Adam's animations, It also brings out the bitterness of the reality and facts happen in the societies. As he is adhere to the French auteur methodology which reflecting the his personal visions, he chose not to use any digital or CGI to build up his work but a huge team of animators and model makers which model every figure by hand which costs him few years to finished a film.

This film is about a girl from Australia who call Mary Daisy Dinkle has been bullying by his schoolmate and living in a lonely family, she longs for a true friendship with someone and incidentally start writing letters to Max who is a morbidly obese Jewish atheist who struggled to have relationships with others and has mental and social problems.As they are the only friend they have in their life, they really depend to each other even it is hard sometime for Max to communicate with her but though the letters they encourage each other to move forward in their life in struggled.

This film have achieved and captured the anxiety of how people been affected by their personal childhood and I think it is presented successfully of about the depressive and loneliness as the story moving on that it shows the influences the memories we have when we are little.The sound in this film has used a lot of orchestra music which builds up the tone of old times and match with the style.This is a film which has his unique style and tones and I would recommended to watch it as it has the negative side of the society and the true life experienced of the story. 

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