If you hadn’t heard about Anomalisa until now, don’t worry, neither had I, but there’s something special about this stop motion film from the writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. There’s been some pretty amazing stuff done in recent years with Stop Motion, especially over at Aardman (Wallace and Grommit) and Laika (Paranorman, The Boxtrolls, Coraline), but none have ever really used the medium to make a film so anchored in humanity.

Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life. A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK) and Duke Johnson (“Community” episode, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas), this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell.