Leonard (Michael McGinley) and Mary (Donna Kozloskie) are a bit of an eccentric couple. Leonard works in a hardware store and is a passionate home improver – he basically built his house from scratch. Mary sells songbird eggs at the local market. But then Mary is diagnosed with cancer. And Leonard starts re-building the house in the belief that he can transform it into a healing machine for her.
The movie is an eccentric piece of filmmaking. It’s a stop-motion animated fictionalised true story that is already a little weird and is only made stranger by the way it’s told. It’s an ambitious project that fails in some regards, but in others it’s a win.
The thing I loved most about the film were the dialogues. Unfortunately, we got very few of them. Most of the text was a voice over by Brent Green where he mixes the story with his own opinion about it and the effect it had on him. Towards the end this monologue gets more and more frantic and metaphysical and I got the feeling that he started to get touched by his own words a lottle too much. And I just wasn’t interested in Green’s atheism and what he thinks about wonders and I didn’t feel like it was the topic of the movie anyway. Could have done without that.
But the film – and the voice over – did have its moments. Sometimes even the trying-very-hard-to-be-lyrical phrasing works very well.
The whole story is pretty cool and I loved the idea that they re-built that “healing machine” house in its entirety in Green’s backyard. The whole thing was just really very charming and I kinda fell in love with that house, even though I wouldn’t want to live there.
Though a huge part of the charm also consists of the stop-motion animation. It really made the whole thing even more attractive. But I would have appreciated more consisted lighting during the sessions – it sometimes sputters a bit too much.
Summarising: Despite its weaknesses a wonderfully charming film.