Synecdoche, New York (2008). Friday, March 26, 6 P.M., Zrinyi 14, room 412.

Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Directed by Charlie Kaufman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton

From the writer of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind comes a film “about failure, about the struggle to make your mark in a world filled with people who are more gifted, beautiful, glamorous and desirable than you are.” (New York Times)

Theater director Caden Cotard 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 has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel 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 mockup of the city outside. (Sony Classics)

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