Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Charlie Kaufman
  • Written by: Charlie Kaufman
  • Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton
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Detailing the later life of a gifted theatre director Caden Cotard (Hoffman) as he attempts to create a work of brutal realism by restaging his own troubled life with an ensemble cast in a large warehouse in Manhattan, 'Synecdoche, New York' is an ingenious, ambitious conundrum that's underlined by themes of symbiosis, connectivity, deterioration and an understanding of our dream life selves that is at both beautiful and horrific.

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Synecdoche, New York: Crisis of faith

14 May 2009

‘How many roads must a man walk down / before you call him a man?’ Is Bob Dylan’s most famous protest song really a surrealist riddle? What’s the road made out of, and will it hurt the tender soles of my feet? That’s the thing about the Jewish…

Synecdoche, New York

14 May 20094 stars

Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut about one theatre director’s search for meaning in a meaningless world is an absurdist gem. Selected release from Fri 15 May.

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