Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2011

Mary and Max: © 2008 Screen Australia, SBS, Melodrama Pictures Pty Limited, and Film Victoria

A lonely eight-year-old Australian girl named Mary Dinkle one day randomly writes to Max Horovitz, an obese, 44-year-old Jewish New Yorker with social issues, asking to be pen pals, thus beginning a unique 20-year friendship. This hilarious and heartbreaking claymation by the Oscar-winning Adam Elliot touches on such atypical subjects as death, suicide, alcoholism, and disease, but somehow manages to come off optimistic. Awesome attention to detail, both in the wry script and on the screen. Mary is voiced by Bethany Whitmore & Toni Collette, Max by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Narrated by Barry Humphries.