Directed by Adam Elliot • 2009 • United States, Australia
Starring Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries
The only feature film to date from Academy Award–winning stop-motion animator Adam Elliot is a captivatingly odd, immensely touching, funny-sad tale of two misfits from opposite sides of the world whose unexpected connection alters the course of their lives. Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced by Toni Collette) is an eight-year-old Australian girl living a lonely life with her alcoholic, kleptomaniac mother. Max (voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a middle-aged, Jewish atheist New Yorker with Asperger’s who struggles to form relationships. When the two strike up a pen-pal correspondence, it offers both a chance at friendship, while forcing them to confront painful truths about what it means to be a human.