Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York ★★★★

How do you review a film that in the past has changed your life? Perhaps, due to its greatness, I have seen it differently every time I've watched it. It's a Post-Modern Tour-De-Force, with a congestive, emotional narrative that blends reality and fiction like a breakfast shake.

How connected are people in life? So much, Charlie Kaufman argues, that we are all of the same being. A general motif shared with 2012's Cloud Atlas, but SY, NY moves at a much slower pace, which can be off putting for the Nolan generation. But allowing the film to consume you, which is inevitable in it's 2 1/2 hour length, one would find a stellar script that interweaves scenes and characters that may or may not be all the same person...or aspects of someone's mental illness. Caden Cotard, played dynamically by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is a fat, lonely, and ugly loser (as he constantly reminds you). But he's a creative genius with the ambition or possibility for greatness. That fact makes him terribly identifiable and empathetic. Kaufman would have me believe that Caden is everyones' inner ugly, self-loathing voice.

Synecdoche, New York is a film that raises many questions--not just about life but the nature of Charlie Kaufman. With a cast including arguably the best living actor and some of the standout actresses of the time, I find the director's view on men/women relationships strange. Like all his work, this film is both autobiographical and honestly offbeat. A Must see.

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