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Rated R · 90 min. · 2015

Animation, Comedy

Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion drama, with co-director Duke Johnson, is a bleak satire about consumer capitalism and the solipsism of white men in midlife crises. The protagonist, lonely customer-service motivational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis), moves through a Cincinnati populated by entities that share the same androgynous facial features and passive-aggressive monotones (all voiced by Tom Noonan). Stone seems to be suffering from Fregoli syndrome, the delusion that other people, including his wife, ex-lover and young son, are all the same person in disguise. Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a fan who has come to hear him speak, and he immediately becomes obsessed with her: She doesn’t sound like Tom Noonan! Kaufman takes care to show that Lisa is unattractive, from her uncultured habits to a scar on her face. But for one night (including a graphic sex scene), Stone’s narcissism and Lisa’s self-loathing complement each other, and their mutual seduction achieves an unstable balance between charm and discomfort that the rest of the film only approximates. Next to Kaufman’s previous work, this is a minor effort that treads familiar ground. But the material is elevated by its singular execution; stop-motion is rescued from near-obsolescence to capture the surreal horrors of everyday life.

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Director: Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Producer: Rosa Tran, Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman and Dino Stamatopoulos
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis and Tom Noonan





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