|Directed by||Tatia Rosenthal|
|Music by||Christopher Bowen|
|4 September 2008 (Toronto)|
$9.99 is a 2008 Australian stop-motion adult animated drama film written and directed by Tatia Rosenthal, with the screenplay by Etgar Keret. The film marks the third collaboration between Rosenthal and Keret. It features a voice cast of Geoffrey Rush, Samuel Johnson, Anthony LaPaglia and Claudia Karvan.
The film mainly focuses on 28-year-old Dave Peck, who is unemployed but prefers the search for the meaning of life to the search for gainful employment. While looking in a magazine, Dave finds an advertisement for a book that will tell him the meaning of life "for the low price of $9.99." Dave, fascinated by this, begins his journey in his Sydney apartment to find the true meaning of life.
As the film progresses, stories of Dave's family and neighbours are woven in and examine the post-modern meaning of hope.
- Geoffrey Rush as The Angel / Homeless Man
- Anthony LaPaglia as Jim
- Samuel Johnson as Dave
- Claudia Karvan as Michelle
- Joel Edgerton as Ron
- Barry Otto as Albert
- Leeanna Walsman as Tanita
- Ben Mendelsohn as Lenny
- Jamie Katsamatsas as Zack
- Brian Meagan as Clement
Release and reception
$9.99 premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 4 September 2008. The film was then released in Los Angeles and New York on 19 June 2009 and then in Australia on 17 September 2009. Upon release, the film earned mostly positive reviews. As of February 2019, it holds a "Fresh" score of 73% on the film review website Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.5 out of 10, according with 55 reviews. The site's critical consensus states, "Its storyline isn't as wondrous as its visuals, but $9.99 has a sophistication and handmade charm that sets it apart from the animated pack." Metacritic gave the film 68/100 based on 15 critics giving it generally favorable reviews.
Awards and nominations
- Winner of the Audience Award for best feature at FICCO 2009
- Winner of EXXONMOBIL best female director Award at FICCO 2009
- Winner of Anima Brussels BeTV best feature Award 2009
- Winner of the Grand Prize at Monstra Lisbon Animated film Festival 2009
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