Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Critic Consensus: Charlie Kaufman's ambitious directorial debut occasionally strains to connect, but ultimately provides fascinating insight into a writer's mind.
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as Caden Cotard
as Adele Lack
as Sammy Barnathan
as Dr. Eisenberg
as Claire Keen
as Madeleine Gravis
as Olive (Adult)
as Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems
as Like Clockwork Patient
as Emergency Room Doctor
as Olive (4 years old)
as Caden's Father
as Caden's Mother
as Burning House Realtor
as Ellen's Mother
as Ellen (10 Years Old)
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Somehow, because it resists unlocking, it feels more serious, troubling, significant. It's as funny as it's depressing. It's as brilliant as it is baffling.
It seems more like an illustration of his script than a full-fledged movie, proving how much he needs a Spike Jonze or a Michel Gondry to realize his surrealistic conceits.
A surreal exploration of art, love and death, it has the Fellini-esque feel of some lost European cinematic masterpiece that reaches far past the normal boundaries of drama and into the very essence of existence.
The more you ruminate on Synecdoche, New York, the more resonance you find in it.
It's a strange trip, to be sure, but a worthwhile one for those willing to take it.
I found it bracing, and genuinely in touch with the sweet chaos and ache of life.
Audience Reviews for Synecdoche, New York
"Synecdoche, New York" is, by all accounts, the nightmare world of Charlie Kaufman's mind. Both writing and directing, Kaufman's inner psyche is so unhinged that the result is a film so insane, so overambitious, so all-reaching and meta that its impossible to not be amazed by it, but its easy to be frustrated by it's all-consuming , baffling, abstract, fragmented wholeness.
You can tell that this film was meticulously drawn out but the final work is hard to comprehend. The film is existential to the max and only lets true scholars understand its true meaning which may make some bitter after watching such a film.
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|Caden Cotard:||I will be dying and so will you, and so will everyone here. That's what I want to explore. We're all hurtling towards death, yet here we are for the moment, alive. Each of us knowing we're going to die, each of us secretly believing we won't.|
|Caden Cotard:||Hazel, what do you think of this title? Unknown, Unkissed and Lost?|
|Ellen Bascomb/Millicent Weems:||What was once before you - an exciting, mysterious future - is now behind you. Lived; understood; disappointing. You realize you are not special. You have struggled into existence, and are now slipping silently out of it. This is everyone's experience. Every single one. The specifics hardly matter. Everyone's everyone. So you are Adele, Hazel, Claire, Olive. You are Ellen. All her meager sadnesses are yours; all her loneliness; the gray, straw-like hair; her red raw hands. It's yours. It is time for you to understand this.|
|Hazel:||The end is built into the beginning.|