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Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s acclaimed stop-motion drama “Anomalisa” is on the eve of opening in its awards-qualifying limited release, and Paramount Pictures is celebrating with two new featurettes that introduce the movie’s central characters: David Thewlis’ depressed Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh’s self-effacing Lisa.
As is the case with many of Kaufman’s films, “Anomalisa” is equal parts hilarious and profound, this time using stop-motion animation to create an introspective meditation on regret and connection. Thewlis’ Stone is a motivational speaker staying at a Cincinnati hotel overnight. Depressed with his life, he hears and sees everyone as if they were the same person (Tom Noonan), though hope arrive after he meets a shy woman (Leigh).
“Anomalisa” opens in select theaters tomorrow, December 30, before debuting nationwide in January. Watch the two featurettes below.