General Information

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Released Year: 2008
Runtime: 124 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directors: Charlie Kaufman
Writers: Charlie Kaufman
Casts: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Sadie Goldstein, Tom Noonan, Peter Friedman, Charles Techman, Josh Pais, Daniel London, Robert Seay, Michelle Williams, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Samantha Morton, Hope Davis, Frank Girardeau, Jennifer Jason Leigh
IMDB: Synecdoche, New York (2008) - IMDB

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IMDB Rating: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.7

Reviews

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Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
I think you have to see Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York twice. I watched it the first time and knew it was a great film and that I had not mastered it. The second time because I needed to. The third time because I will want to.
88
New York Post - Lou Lumenick
It's got more imagination than half a dozen movies combined; there's nothing else out there like this, and to me that's a very good thing.
80
NPR - Bob Mondello
Synecdoche, New York is one heck of a head-trip.
63
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
Philip Seymour Hoffman creates a mesmerizing portrait of the artist as a young, old and middle-aged man.

Synecdoche, New York (2008)


Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress ...