Anomalisa Movie Info:
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.
Initial release: December 30, 2015 (USA)
Directors: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Running time: 1h 30m
Cinematography: Joe Passarelli
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adult animation, Fantasy, Drama film
Set in the year 2005, Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) is a self-help author who is traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio to promote his latest book, “How May I Help You Help Them?” at a convention for customer-service professionals. He is emotionally distant to everyone around him, whom he sees and hears as the same person (all voiced by Tom Noonan). He checks into the fictional Fregoli hotel, where he practices his speech in his room. Driven by an angry letter written by his old flame, Bella, whom he had abruptly left years ago, he contacts her about meeting up for drinks at the hotel’s bar, awkwardly revealing that he is now a husband and father over the phone. As they talk, Bella realizes that Michael’s main intention is to have sex with her, and she storms out. Going for a walk, Michael walks into an adult toy store (thinking that it sold children’s toys), though becomes fascinated by an animatronic of a Japanese woman inside.
After taking a shower in his room, he suddenly hears the sound of a female voice. He rushes out of his hotel room to find the source of the voice: a young, insecure woman named Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh) who is attending Michael’s speech with her friend. Enraptured by the uniqueness of her appearance and voice, he invites the two women for drinks at the bar. Upon going back up to their rooms, Michael invites Lisa for another drink which shocks her. Despite her claims that she’s not the least bit smart, pretty, or special, Michael continuously assures her that she is, allowing her to sing Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and share personal information with him. As they continue talking, they begin to kiss which slowly builds into them having sex.