Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York ★★★★★

Oh jeez.


Synecdoche, New York is a work of incomparable stature. I can think of no other American film in recent memory that matches it in terms of sheer ambition and scope, to the point where I find it hard to put into words the experience of watching it and how it made me feel. This is Charlie Kaufman's masterpiece, delivering a definitive statement on all of the themes he has covered before and sense: death, loneliness, love, identity. They're all here and discussed in a very bleak manner. No doubt, Synecdoche, New York is a depressing watch, but it's also an incredibly honest one, and one that shows Charlie Kaufman to be one of our leading voices in what it means to be human.

More thoughts likely to come after a rewatch.

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