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

I have never met anyone from Australia.

Firstly, I will answer your question.

Unfortunately, in America,

babies are not found in cola cans.

I asked my mother when I was four

and she said they came from eggs

laid by rabbis.

If you aren't Jewish,

they're laid by Catholic nuns.

If you're an atheist,

they're laid by dirty, lonely prostitutes.

So this is where babies come from

in America.

I share my home with a fish,

some snails, whom I have named

after famous scientists...

..a parakeet called Mr Biscuit

and, finally, a cat called Hal.

"Hal" is an abbreviation for halitosis,

from which he suffers.

He followed me home

after a gang of children

shot his eye out with a beebee gun.

Do you have a pet kangaroo?

When I was born, my father

left my mother and me on a kibbutz.

She shot herself with my uncle's gun

when I was six.

Do you like chocolate hotdogs?

I invented the recipe for them

and can send it to you.

When I was young, I invented

an invisible friend called Mr Ravioli.

My psychiatrist says

I don't need him anymore

so he just sits in the corner and reads.

Last week I picked up

People are always littering in New York.

I do not understand

why people break laws.

Butts are bad

because they wash out to sea

and fish smoke them

and become nicotine dependent.

I am just joking because, of course,

it is impossible for a cigarette

to remain lit underwater.

Also, fish do not have pockets

to keep cigarette lighters in.

I am 44 years old

and have 8 tracksuits

the same colour and size.

I weigh 352 lb...


..and am as tall as a 6-foot tree.

Welcome to the New York Lottery!

I enjoy entering the lottery

and have chosen the same numbers

for 9 years.

Those numbers are 3...


And 12.

Are you a winner?

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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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