ANOMALISA
2015, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

For a customer service guru, Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is unusually alienated; everyone he meets when he checks into Cincinnati’s Fregoli hotel sounds the same to him. Everyone except for Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a customer service rep who may offer Michael a fleeting chance at real connection. Kaufman’s first foray into stop-motion animation was the Grand Jury Prize winner at the Venice International Film Festival. “Its emotional power creeps out from under the subtle humor and leaves a subcutaneous imprint that lingers long after the movie is over.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.


HUMAN NATURE
2001, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry made his feature debut with this subversive and satirical comedy from the pen of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH). Severe body-hair issues led Patricia Arquette into the wilderness, but desire led her back out - and into the arms of research psychologist Tim Robbins. Together they discover a young man (Rhys Ifans) who has been raised as an ape … and the line between man and beast only gets thinner from there.


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