Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York ★★★★★

There is so much going on in the film which is filled with so many details both big and small. It’s a fragmented story of a life and creativity and how it can all slip away when you don’t pay attention. Everything starts to blur and the surreal environments make it all feel like someone describing a half-remembered dream. The way that time slips by is brilliant with clocks and calendars changing all the time and things decaying all around. It’s a film that shows the limits of creating art where you want to turn inward and the entire film becomes more and more self-referential until it almost disappears into itself. But then late in the film it takes a brilliant turn to show that there is another path to truth through empathy and how experiencing the stories of others can be a powerful way to help us understand ourselves.