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Sunday 20th September 5:00 PM

Synecdoche, New York 

Director: Charlie Kaufman Country: USA
Cert: 15 Year: 2008 Length: 124 mins
Synecdoche, New York

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Audience Reaction

Score: 48.89% Attendance: 71




Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as a theatre director (it’s the opening night of his production of ‘Death of a Salesman’) attempting to re-enact his life as it is occurring. From the relentless imagination of Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, comes an examination of the mind: losing grip of one’s self; the fractured, self-possessed mind of the artist; the interplay of waking lives and dreams, or waking lives and memories – all these are themes that drive Kaufman’s first film as both writer and director, raising such questions as Is everyone a hero of his own drama and an extra in everyone else's?


open_quote This is a movie designed to provoke, entertain and infuriate, that boldly goes into areas where few films from the English-speaking world nowadays dare penetrate. close_quote Philip French, The Observer

open_quote A soul-altering, heart-changing, braintransplanting masterpiece. close_quote Matthew De Abaitua, Filmfour


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