Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York
  • R
  • 2h 4m
  • 2008
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From Charlie Kaufman, comes a visual and philosophic adventure, "Synecdoche, New York." As he did with his groundbreaking scripts for "Being John Malkovich", "Adaptation", and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", Kaufman twists and subverts form and language as he delves into the mind of a man who, obsessed with his own mortality, sets out to construct a massive artistic enterprise that could give some meaning to his life. Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis (Hope Davis), is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mock-up of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh68%
Critics Consensus: Charlie Kaufman's ambitious directorial debut occasionally strains to connect, but ultimately provides fascinating insight into a writer's mind.
Reviews
Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf
Fresh

December 14, 2018
Times (UK)
Cosmo Landesman
Fresh

This is a classic Kaufmanesque work: bold, bizarre and utterly baffling.

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Fresh

Synecdoche (pronounced Sih-neck-doh-kee, by the way) is beautifully acted throughout, scripted by...

December 14, 2018
Time Out
Dave Calhoun
Fresh

Somehow, because it resists unlocking, it feels more serious, troubling, significant. It's as funn...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:October 24, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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