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Synecdoche, New York

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From Charlie Kaufman, comes a visual and philosophic adventure, "Synecdoche, New York." As he did with his groundbreaking scripts for "Being John Malkovich", "Adaptation", and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", Kaufman twists and subverts form and language as he delves into the mind of a man who, obsessed with his own mortality, sets out to construct a massive artistic enterprise that could give some meaning to his life. Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis (Hope Davis), is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mock-up of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality.


Alice Drummond
Amy Wright
Catherine Keener
Charles Techman
Christopher Evan Welch
Daisy Tahan
Daniel London
Deirdre O'Connell
Dianne Wiest
Elizabeth Marvel
Emily Watson
Frank Girardeau
Hope Davis
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jerry Adler
Joe Lisi
John Rothman
Josh Pais
Kristen Bush
Lynn Cohen
Michael Medeiros
Michelle Williams
Peter Friedman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Robert Seay
Rosemary Murphy
Sadie Goldstein
Samantha Morton
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Tom Greer
Tom Noonan
William Ryall



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