Anomalisa: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. Michael practices his talk in his hotel room, but is haunted by the memory of an angry letter from his old flame, Bella, whom he abruptly left years ago. He arranges to meet her in the hotel bar; still angry, she is outraged by his invitation to his room and storms out. Going for a walk, Michael mistakes an adult toy store for a children’s toy store and tries to buy something for his son, but is fascinated by a Japanese animatronic woman.
After taking a shower, Michael hears a female voice. He rushes from his room to find its owner: an insecure young woman named Lisa Hesselman attending Michael’s talk with her friend. Enraptured by her unique appearance and voice, he invites both women for drinks at the bar. Afterwards, to Lisa’s surprise, Michael invites her to his room. Despite her claims that she is not special, Michael finds her captivating, admiring the facial scar she conceals with her hair. He encourages her to sing Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and tell him about her life. Declaring her an anomaly, he nicknames her “Anomalisa”. They become intimate and have sex.