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's Kaufman mind-melding with Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka while Salvador Dali is pouring the drinks and M.C. Escher is doodling on the napkins. It's the 2001: A Space Odyssey of existential funk, David Lynch without the bubbly joie de vivre.
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"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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