Synecdoche, New York

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Released 2008

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Director:
Charlie Kaufman
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
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.

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  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    To say that Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York is one of the best films of the year or even one closest to my heart is such a pathetic response to its soaring ambition that I m...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Sprawling, awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, frustrating, hard-to-follow and achingly, achingly sad movie.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A wildly ambitious and gravely serious contemplation of life, love, art, human decay and death, the film bears Kaufman's scripting fingerprints in its structural trickery and multi...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Independent, Showbiz, cerebral, dramedy, exceptional art direction