It’s really hard to think of what Charlie Kaufman’s next film would be after the brilliant and multi-layered Synecdoche, New York. The film, featuring an incredible performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, literally felt like him creating multiple films into one (probably because after that movie, I never believed he could make another one).
In a way, it makes sense that Kaufman’s next film would be one centered around two characters. Both of them puppets.
Then again, watching Being John Malkovich shows that this wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Anomalisa is a rather strange, yet brilliant way of portraying a singular theme (my interpretation): loneliness and the distance one would feel from the rest of the world. Yet, it’s with this singular theme that he expands into other darker or unsettling territories of the mind that a film with actual actors couldn’t really get away with.
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