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How often do you combine the words "low-budget" and "drama" with "feature-length stop-motion?" Answer: pretty much never. That is, until now.

Charlie Kaufman's feature follow-up to 2008's Synecdoche, New York is a fascinating, ambitious, and engrossing film that uses puppets to get to the heart of human malaise. It's called Anomalisa, and it's unlike anything you've ever seen before, encompassing the full scale of human emotion in a truly unconventional way.

I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening, and, let me tell you, it's one of those movies that sticks in your brain and just won't let go. Now, the first official trailer has been released, and it's just as inspirational and challenging as the movie.

The trailer opens with Michael Stone, stumbling through his mundane life

And he's got a lot of questions about existence.

He's got more heartstrings than puppet strings

What is to be human? What is to ache? What is it to be alive?

These are the questions running through Michael's mind, and he can't quite get it to slow down.

As he encounters a sea of people, he tries to see them all differently

But, even against his own optimistic declarations about individuality, he seems he's convincing himself of ideas he just can't believe.

Then, one person appears and sets herself apart

She's clearly special, but just how long will that feeling last?

Watch the full trailer here!

Anomalisa opens in limited release on December 30 and nationwide in January.


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