A sweet, darkly comic claymation about a young Australian girl who, by twist of fate, becomes pen pals with a Jewish New Yorker with Asperger’s. The animation is suitably weird and expressive and, most importantly, its resemblance to children’s television (combined with the – excessive – narration) strikes a deceptively simple tone. Even though the girl’s naïveté is played off of – questions of where babies come from, for instance – you don’t really expect the adult (deeper, darker) themes to creep in the way they do.
By more than one person I was warned I would cry. I didn’t have that strength, but nonetheless I appreciated this moving, witty, quirky, bittersweet story.