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Mary and Max is a 2009 claymation film written and directed by Australian animator Adam Elliot. Mary Daisy Dinkle (Toni Collette), an 8-year-old Australian girl, is neglected by both of her parents and teased by the other kids in her school due to her awkward appearance. Since she is very lonely, she writes a letter to a 44-year-old Manhattan native named Max Jerry Horowitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman), whose name she randomly chose from a phone directory. Max is obese and struggling with Asperger syndrome, so he is also an outcast. When he decides to write back to Mary, the misfits form a friendship by corresponding through letters. For more than two decades, the friends talk about a wide range of both lighthearted and serious topics, such as alcoholism, religion, and chocolate. As they both undergo major life changes, will Mary and Max finally get the chance to visit each other in person?