Year: 2009
Director: Tatia Rosenthal
Writer: Tatia Rosenthal/Etgar Keret
Cast: Anthony Lapaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barry Otto, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Tom Budge, Claudia Karvan, Leeanna Walsman

I'd been reading about this film for what seemed like years in the Australian movie industry press and was intrigued by a claymation feature that promised 'less than $10 worth of the meaning of life [sic] '.

I won't say I was disappointed, but it was a little too maudlin and head-trippy to really appeal to me. I can understand someone wanting to work in their medium of choice and don't begrudge the director for making a claymation movie. It was interesting to look at and very detailed, although the uncanny valley did come into it a little, particularly the nude and sex scenes (yes, you read that right).

But as a drama about a bunch of disparate souls going about their lives and looking for connection in a city apartment block, it could have just been done as a live action film with real sets and actors. The whimsical elements (such as one character learning to swim like a dolphin by leaping out of the water) that lent themselves to animation were few and far between, and the rest of the time you're just watching a human drama.

The entire film has a slightly depressive aspect and you're constantly waiting for something terrible to happen, whether it's the design of this world or the slightly (maybe not intentional) downcast eyes and seemingly lost spirits of the characters.

If you play spot the Aussie you'll recognise at least five well known actors voicing the roles, but the story's nothing you haven't seen before done better.

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