MAX and MARY

I attended to the Center for Ethics at Thursday to watch Max and Mary that was screening approximately 90 minutes. This animated Australian movie was out in 2009 directed by Adam Eliott. The genre was comedy and drama. Eccentric thing about this animation was black and white clay. This film won a lot of number of awards such as “Annecy International Animated Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, etc. The plot of this film was about two lovely indirect interaction between Max and Mary. Mary, young Australian girl, is a loner because she gets teased every time from her classmates because of her birthmark on her forehead. Mary randomly chose a name called Max out of the Manhattan phone book and writes a letter to him. Mary’s family was not normal, alcoholic mom and a distant living father, working at a factory. Mary sends a letter to Max, who lives as a single status in New York and has problem with obesity and disordered mentality. Because Mary had no friends, she kept questioning about the reality of the world to Max who has severe depression. For two decades, they interact with each other through mail. Because of the questions and answers Mary asked and received, she becomes a psychologist but Max stops to send her mail.

I think this movie is mainly about psychology dealing with depressions, variety of mental disorders that lead to serious consequences such as committing suicides that Mary was almost about to do. One thing that really kept me thinking about this movie was the chocolate that Mary and Max sent to each other. Although it is a small chocolate bar, it is like a gift or a symbol that will bridge the ongoing relationship between the two. Moreover, the movie sends a message to the audience that we should be patient in our lives. If Mary was not a little more patient after the contact interruption she had with Max, she could have easily committed suicide and making the movie more sad. These kind of depressions are serious in Korea because of the social life, competition between each other, and getting a career. Koreans traditionally care a lot about these things and their only one priorities to accomplish. Especially in Korea, teasing (bullying) is serious and I think the director did a good job of uncovering some serious issues that reflects society. I wish this kind of film was shown in Korea to send a message to people about depression.

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