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ANOMALISA (2015) Movie Trailer: Charlie Kaufman Stop-Motion Film About Love, Life & Loss

Anomalisa Movie Trailer

Anomalisa Movie Trailer. Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman‘s Anomalisa (2015) movie trailer stars Jennifer Jason LeighDavid Thewlis and Tom NoonanAnomalisa‘s plot synopsis: “Charlie Kaufman’s first stop-motion film about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.”

Halfway through this trailer I knew I desperately needed to see this. Charlie Kaufman is a treasure, and that’s a phrase I never use. You shouldn’t need any convincing to see the new film by the man behind Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Synechdoche, New York (2008), but in case you do – take a look at this trailer.

There’s something extremely valuable and effective in stop-motion animation, and in animation, in general. The verisimilitude found on a puppet/character’s face, those expressions that almost match up perfectly to the real thing – they express something a human face never could, in a strange, oxymoronic way. There is truth found within them that couldn’t be portrayed live-action, in other words, and to utilize that for a film about life and love and existentialism and loss is a perfect idea, especially in the hands of someone like Charlie Kaufman.

God, I love that man. In a sea of writers and filmmakers where everyone does the same thing and there are only a few exceptions and impressive voices, Kaufman is one that deals with depression and sadness and hopelessness and life in a way that nobody else does, and we need him. I do, at least.

According to Slashfilm, “It’s a deeply personal, wounded movie. There may not be a single living human being on screen during the entire running time, but all of the characters feel so alive and so vulnerable. Kaufman’s screenplay is him cutting himself open and letting his deepest insecurities, frustrations, and fears spill out. You are watching puppets, but you feel like you are watching something you shouldn’t be seeing. Anomalisa a cinematic confession. It’s a fantasia for the lost and the broken-hearted.

Johnson’s puppets are rendered with every human detail – they breathe, they showcase varying body postures, they have unique physical tics, and they even have sex (in what may be the most realistic and tender sex scene in any movie in recent memory). Their voices, supplied by the likes David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan, are perfect.

Thewlis plays Michael, a professional speaker spending the night in a Cleveland hotel for  job. Leigh is Lisa, a woman he meets. Their relationship, formed over one long night, is something to behold and the fallout is something to dissect, to reflect upon, and to consider. Meanwhile, Noonan plays… well, you can see for yourself who Noonan plays, but he is the movie’s secret weapon.”

Watch the Anomalisa movie trailer and leave your thoughts on it below in the comments section. For more Anomalisa photos, videos, and information,  visit our Anomalisa Page , our Movie Trailer Google+ Page, our Movie Trailer Facebook Page, subscribe to us by Email, “follow” us on TwitterTumblr, Google+, or “like” us on Facebook for quick updates. Anomalisa will be released in U.S. theaters on December 30, 2015.

Sources: Slashfilm, IMDb

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Marco Margaritoff

I grew up in Hamburg to a German father and Ecuadorian mother. Obsessive student of film, Hip-Hop, and stand-up comedy. I love the dark dreambox that is the cinema auditorium. I love mountains and the ocean, but am equally exhilarated by the jungle of the city. I hope to one day create something that hits someone in the brain with thunderous effect.

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