Time Out Sydney (Excerpt)
April 1, 2009
"Crisply narrated by Barry Humphries, Mary and Max begins in Mount Waverley, Victoria, in 1976. Eight-year-old Mary Daisy Dinkle (Bethany Whitmore), with "eyes the colour of muddy puddles and a birthmark the colour of poo," has a lonely existence with a distant father and a kleptomaniac mother whose cooking sherry requires "constant testing". Chancing upon a New York phone directory, she impulsively sends a letter and a Cherry Ripe to a random address. They reach the reclusive Max Horovitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who is 32 years Mary's senior but happens to share her passion for chocolate and a Smurfish cartoon called The Noblets."
"The character of Max, who eats 'chocolate hotdogs', has eight identical tracksuits and trouble interpreting facial expressions, is based on the New York pen friend that Elliot has corresponded with since he was 17. "He found my name in a directory for people into comic books and wrote to me saying he wanted an Australian pen friend. It wasn't until several years later that he disclosed that he was autistic."
"Every day we come across people we find confronting or weird. And we often steer clear of them, cross the road, pretend they're not there. What I'm trying to do is make audiences realise these people have stories to tell. And they crave the same things we all crave: friendship and love."
"Mary and Max"
"Mary and Max"