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Synecdoche, New York is a american film of genre Drama directed by Charlie Kaufman released in USA on 24 october 2008 with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Synecdoche, New York
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Released in USA 24 october 2008
Length 2h4
Directed by ,    
OriginUSA
Genres Drama,    Comedy,    Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre
Rating75% 3.750273.750273.750273.750273.75027

Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut.

The plot follows an ailing theatre director (Hoffman) as he works on an increasingly elaborate stage production whose extreme commitment to realism begins to blur the boundaries between fiction and reality. The film's title is a play on Schenectady, New York, where much of the film is set, and the concept of synecdoche, wherein a part of something represents the whole, or vice versa.

The film premiered in competition at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2008. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the United States distribution rights, paying no money but agreeing to give the film's backers a portion of the revenues. It had a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on October 24, 2008, and generated much less revenue than it cost.

Since its release, the story and themes of Synecdoche, New York have led to polarized responses from critics; some describe it as pretentious or "self-indulgent," while many others, including Roger Ebert, have declared it a masterpiece and ranked it among the best films of the 2000s. It was also nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

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Theater director Caden Cotard finds his life unraveling. Suffering from numerous physical ailments and growing increasingly alienated from his wife, Adele, an artist, he hits bottom when Adele leaves him for a new life in Berlin, taking their four-year-old daughter, Olive, with her.

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