Synecdoche, New York – Cannes 2008

Synecdoche, New York - Cannes 2008

Synecdoche, New York – Cannes 2008

  Charlie Kaufman is unquestionably a man of great talent and enormous influence in Hollywood – after all, leads him to Premiere magazine list of the hundred most important people in Hollywood. In Kaufman belongs to a genus that was previously not known for their influence on the movie business – the scriptwriters. But his films as templates for Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999), Human Nature (Michel Gondry, 2001), Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (directed by George Clooney, 2002) and Forget me not ! (Michel Gondry, 2004) have brought fresh wind into the well-worn plots in the ausgelutscht genres and narrative forms that have originality and chaos can move in an otherwise monotonous and often shockingly unimaginative stories. And so it was only a matter of time until the author took with the wonderfully weird humor itself on the director’s chair, rumors about the role change held in Hollywood at least since the year 2001.

Tragic hero of the film with the strange title Synecdoche, New York is the hypochondriac and deeply neurotic theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Schenectady, New York, following an accident, sudden aging at a prodigious rate. Caden desperately trying steadying himself against his destiny to take his own life as a play on the stage to capture the transience of the moment called life for all eternity. Clearly, that is such an endeavor from the beginning doomed to failure. But who knows Charlie Kaufman knows that failure, at least in the world of the author, always has a deeply weird element.

Michael Althen of the Frankfurter Allgemeine is Kaufman’s directorial debut “completely screwed up” and noted: “Not later than one half of the film ceases to be, still wondering about something – and are interested in anything.” Florian Keller of the Swiss Tages-Anzeiger, however the film described as “surprisingly moving”: “It starts out as a neurotic little comedy about a theater director who wants to finally create one really great art. The rest of his days he spends his whole life as a monumental play to heave the stage. And from the intellectual finger exercise unfolds unexpectedly last a grand theater of the world about everything: love, death, indeed the whole absurd extravagance of human endeavor. ” Amused has also Lars-Olav Beier from Spiegel Online: “With a lot of humor dedicated to the beginning of his hypochondriacal Kaufman hero who gives herself to anxiety-free and devoted all his aches and pains until the shocking physical deterioration accelerated in cadens constant talk of Aging , true death and loneliness more. Screaming, this film is funny and deeply sad at the same time .”

James Rocchi of Cinematical found the film “bold, bigger and more confusing as the films that have been realized by scripts from Kaufman at the same time, he notes that the film was “was cruel and colder” than that – in other words, “a movie you enjoy it rather than analyze, the more you feel it instead of thinking”. Todd McCarthy of Variety the other hand, compares the film director with a nervous artist who was afraid of getting yet another chance, and who therefore try to hineinzupacken all, the movie was “exaggerated” and does not digest, if you look at him only once .

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Title: Synecdoche, New York – Cannes 2008 Country of production: USA Year of production: 2008 Length: 124 (min) ( #)

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