Synecdoche, New York2008
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 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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Critic Reviews for Synecdoche, New York
Kaufman, who once dazzled us with his japester's invention, uses those same tools to do something else here. He leaves us reeling.
This is a classic Kaufmanesque work: bold, bizarre and utterly baffling.
Synecdoche, New York finally feels bitter, hollow and adolescent: like a gargantuan music video conceived for an emo band with a penchant for Pirandello.
Synecdoche (pronounced Sih-neck-doh-kee, by the way) is beautifully acted throughout, scripted by Kaufman with the same valorous unorthodoxy as his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and shot with real panache.
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.
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.|