The film begins with an oppressive mêlée of voices, building up to a crescendo. Trapped in a flying metal tube is Michael Stone, a customer service author and guru, flying into Cincinnati to speak at a conference. His life is a disappointment.
The puppet-like creatures that inhabit Michael’s world with their fractured mask faces nearly all speak with the same voice – that of Tom Noonan – regardless of gender.
The Science of Sleep.
“Sometimes there's no lesson. That's a lesson in itself.”
Despite the unique feel and brilliant animation, Anomalisa was a disappointment. Charlie Kaufman's plot remained cryptic for far too long, the opening act drifted, and the surreal elements were all too brief. What could so easily have been a much gossiped about sensation turned out to be a confusing storyline that didn’t live up to much of the hype. Still it is ninety minutes like nothing else you'll watch this year.
Anomalisa is being screened in Queen's Film Theatre between Friday 18 and Thursday 31 March.