Mary And Max

Synopsis: In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She's Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He's Max Horowitz, an overweight man with Asperger's, living alone in New York. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face?
Director(s): Adam Elliot
Production: IFC Films
  4 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

with constant adherent conformity

and also because they had

oodles of friends.

Max had trouble sleeping

and had spent the night watching

television and catching fish food.

He noted to himself it was the sixth fly

he'd caught this evening.

He wondered if he should go to bed

and count sheep

or have one more chocolate hotdog.

He thought he'd try both

but it didn't work.

It had been 6 hours and 12 minutes since

Henry Vlll had passed away.

And Henry's death

had thrown Max's life into disarray.

It had become asymmetrical

and the sooner

he got a new fish, the better.

Tomorrow he would go to the pet store

and get another Henry

Henry lX.


It was shopping day

and Mary sat patiently while her mother

"borrowed" some envelopes.

To fill in time, she scanned the room

and counted how many things

were brown.

There was sticky tape, rubber bands

and a phone book with a picture

of a lady standing in a brown lake

with her hand on fire.

People had weird names in America,

Mary Daisy Dinkle thought to herself.

Funny-sounding people called

Rockefeller and Finkelstein.

She wondered what they looked like,

how old they were

and if they were married, wore glasses,

or had found babies in their beer.

Maybe in the USA

they found babies elsewhere.


They drank a lot of cola.

Maybe they found them in cans.

But, no, they wouldn't fit

through the hole.

Mary had an idea.

She would write to one of the Americans

and ask where babies came from.

She chose a Mr M Horowitz.

Aarrgh, Mrs Dinkle!

Come back here, Vera Dinkle!

You come back here!


Dear Mr M Horowitz,

my name is Mary Daisy Dinkle

and I am 8 years old,

My favourite colour is brown

and my favourite food

is sweetened condensed milk

followed closely by chocolate.

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Adam Elliot

Adam Elliot (born 2 January 1972 in Berwick, Victoria, Australia) is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer, director and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in over seven hundred film festivals and have received over one hundred awards, including an Academy Award for Harvie Krumpet and five Annecy Cristals. Elliot calls himself an auteur filmmaker and each of his films have a bittersweet nature to them. He does not engage with commercial work and works exclusively on his own film projects. Based loosely on his family and friends, Elliot calls each of his works a Clayography – clay animated biography. Each film takes up to five years to complete. He is noted for his use of traditional 'in-camera' techniques, which means every prop set and character is a 'real' miniature handcrafted object. Elliot does not use digital additions or computer generated imagery to enhance his visual aesthetic. His company, Adam Elliot Clayographies, produce the films and Elliot’s work practices adhere to the French auteur methodology. Each film has been voiced by notable actors including, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana, William McInnes , Barry Humphries and John Flaus. Elliot is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and in 1999 was awarded The Young Achiever of the Year for Victoria. more…

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