Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Caden Cotart (Hoffman) is a self-absorbed theater director who has a shaky relationship with his prim artist wife, Adele (Catherine Keener). Adele eventually leaves him, takes their daughter, and moves to Berlin. Shortly after Adele's departure, Caden learns that he is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. The financial benefits of the award allow him to pursue the production of a new, experimental theater project, an autobiographical play based on realism. Caden constructs a massive replica of Manhattan in a monolithic theater-district warehouse, and assembles an equally massive cast. Over the course of many years, while the cast continues to grow, and while Caden views his failures and regrets through the prism of the play itself, his life becomes turbulent. His relationship with his daughter, his feelings for his former wife, and his new affairs with various women are all explored as his life spirals out of control.