Charlie Kaufman (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Charlie Kaufman's exquisitely sad, strange, and achingly humane film, made entirely with animated puppets, isn't quite like anything you've ever seen before. Customer-service pundit Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) arrives in Cincinnati to give a talk at a conference. Everyone around him looks like they were fabricated from the same mould and speaks with the same voice (that of Tom Noonan). The only exception, apart from Michael, is Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young woman who doesn't think of herself as especially different except for the fact that she feels ashamed of a facial scar. But to Michael, a man bored with the sameness surrounding him, Lisa is a transcendent, beautiful anomaly. Like Kaufman's previous work - he wrote Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and wrote and directed {italSynecdoche, New York - Anomalisa deploys a fantastical device in an otherwise quotidian setting, with this kink in the fabric of a fictional reality revealing a deeper weirdness in the world we normally take for granted. There's no trite, easily extractable take-home message here but somehow the film says something very profound about the repetitiveness of relationships, and our need to believe that we and our loved ones are unique and special.


Premiere. A motivational speaker beaten down by his failing marriage and dull routine checks into a hotel as her prepares to attend a conference. He finds himself drawn to a lonely woman, and their chance encounter helps him to get to grips with his existential despair. Stop-motion animated drama, with the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan.

Cast & Crew

Michael Stone David Thewlis
Lisa Jennifer Jason Leigh
Everyone else Tom Noonan
Director Charlie Kaufman
Director Duke Johnson

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Artificial EyeGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Mar 2016