Synecdoche, New York(2008)
Maverick screenwriter Charlie Kaufman makes his directorial debut with this ambitious story of a man's struggle to comprehend his own existence. ... More
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Caden, a troubled theatre director who creates an alternative New York inside a warehouse, then finds out that his autonomic functions are failing one-by-one (his body loses the ability to react to threats). Also features a stacked female ensemble including Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams. Samantha Morton and Jennifer Jason Leigh as the various women in his rapidly imploding life.
FYI, 'Synecdoche' is defined as "a figure of speech in which a term denoting a part of something is used to refer to the whole thing, or a whole thing is used to refer to a part of it" . For example, one might say "I have a new set of wheels", meaning "I have a new car". Or, "use your head", meaning "use your brain". It's pronounced sih-neck-doh-kee.Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
It's not for everyone, due to long frustrating periods of metaphysical confusion, but it all has a point somewhere, and you can tell without a doubt that the material is personal to Kaufman. It's ambitious, totally odd, and very very gloomy. Still, there's something about it that might help us all put our sad, short little lives in perspective.
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What this film really needs is a follow up film to describe this one as words simply will not suffice. In saying that the film is wildly ambitious, sprawling, awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, frustrating, hard-to-follow and achingly, achingly sad. Some may comment on the running time but those who are truly passionate about cinema will not be worried about this in the slightest.
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