Friday, January 29, 2010

You are my best friend; You are my only friend.

The JCC of Manhattan screened Mary & Max as part of opening night of the 2nd Annual Reelabilities, a film festival "dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities."

The claymated film chronicles the unlikely friendship between Mary Daisy Dinkle, a lonely eight year old girl living in Australia, and Max Horowitz, an obese, middle-aged New Yorker living with Asperger's. Their twenty year correspondence begins when Mary randomly selects Max as her "pen-friend" from a NYC phonebook. The solace and counsel the duo provide for each other over the years is very touching, but the project avoids being overly precious through dark humor and unflinching honesty.

This film reportedly opened Sundance this year to critical acclaim and is based on a true story. Go and see it if you have the chance.

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