Thursday, March 25, 2010
Mary and Max - A fictional movie about penpals!
A couple months ago, I stumbled upon an amazing movie called "Mary and Max" and upon the opening words of the introduction, it skyrocketed to being my favourite movie.
The movie begins with a description of Mary, an 8 year old Australian girl as the narrator says: "She is a bit on the chubby side, with eyes the color of muddy puddles and a birthmark the color of poo."
It's a claymation film, done mostly in brown tones with cartoonish characters, each with unique characteristics.
Mary's mother takes her to the bank where Mary rips out a page from a US phone book that has the address of a man named Max listed in it. She plans to write him to find out how babies are made in America, as she is told that in Australia, they are found at the bottom of beer mugs.
The story goes back and forth between Australia and America, as 8 year old Mary and middle aged Max, who has aspergers syndrome, write to each other throughout their lives.
It's a touching story of friendship, writing snail mail, and chocolate hot dogs (Max's own recipe!) and I highly recommend it to anyone with a love of writing and adorable characters.
Posted by Jess Armstrong at 8:28 PM