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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The premise alone to this film was enough to make me watch it but the cast are also incredible.
Synecdoche, New York tells the tale of Caden Cortard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as his life unravels while he tries to create his artistic masterpiece.
Kaufman's clever writing deals with topics such as life and death in a really thought-provoking manner. The story, though a big long, is well told and characters are written superbly. It's climax is emotionally affecting and wonderfully executed.
The late great Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered an astonishing portrayal of a man unravelling. Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis and Tom Noonan provide excellent support.
The visual style of this film is also fantastic. I really like how as Caden went deeper into his obsession, everything got more and more surreal.
Final thought: A thought-provoking and emotionally affective film with stunning performances.