As a hypochondriac i felt a connection with him because at first i interpreted him being a hypochondriac and the whole movie is about death.

The basic story concerns Hoffman's theatre director getting a massive grant which he uses to build a replica of New York in a colossal warehouse, where his players perform their scenes behind closed doors.

The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. When I first finished it I didn't feel depressed so much as I felt somber. It's a downer, but it's only truly depressing if you're not a person who thinks about death all that much.

It’s an existential horror film.

That being said, there is some regular enough humour, and it's not super depressing like other films are. Synecdoche, New York kinda changed my life, I don’t think my perception of life, death and time will ever be quite the same, and neither will be my perception of what this medium can accomplish. Four films from the New Wave pioneer, including Cleo 5 To 7 and The Gleaners And I. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Tom Noonan.

"I've watched you forever Caden but you've never really looked at anyone other than yourself.".

I know exactly what you're talking about and I felt exactly the same way when I saw that list item. Synecdoche, New York is my favorite movie. There's a good level of existential dread, and it's really a man deteriorating in front of you for the whole film. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. If its more than 3 parts I'm just going to hold off watching them until the series is done, then watch the whole analysis. Synecdoche, New York DVD & Blu-ray, Revolver Impenetrable, cryptic, demanding, depressing, confrontational, self-indulgent: all these and more …

There's a round-table discussion by movie critics, some Kaufman animations featuring an Australian sheep and an Irish fox, and a fascinating "sort of" making-of where the cast and crew discuss the logistics of realising such weird stage directions as "Sammy enters the warehouse inside the warehouse".

I actually watched it the year it came out and I loved it. The thing to take away from Synecdoche is that while Caden's experience with despair is unfulfilling and tragic, it doesn't have to be yours; the film is trying to reject solipsism and tell the audience to live more for others rather than living like others are just objects used for self-analysis. Perhaps it was the "right" philosophy, perhaps it was another unsatisfying one. Cookies help us deliver our Services. But the ultimate truth is that there's never an ultimate truth, and he's not a god of this world or any. Depends where you are in your life. Impenetrable, cryptic, demanding, depressing, confrontational, self-indulgent: all these and more were used to describe Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut. Couldn’t disagree more.

Everything else I've seen by Charlie Kaufman I've loved and I'm currently reading his new book, Antkind, which has made me want to watch it.

With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener. Every time he says "I know how to do this play now" throughout the film, it's a revelation that's soon followed by the disappointment that his new way to do the play is ultimately unfulfilling.

There was a list of "emotionally draining" movies that was a joke.. it didnt have this, and it had American Psycho on it.. CarrieMpls said: I wouldn't say Synecdoche is about death; it's certainly about a man who's plagued with the fear of death, but it strikes me more as a cautionary tale about life. When you really analyze and think about it it's one of the most depressing … Directed by Charlie Kaufman. The debacle of Synecdoche, New York starts with Philip Seymour Hoffman's (Red Dragon (2002)) insufferably anguished performance as Caden, which in an uncanny way presages the great actor's own real-life drug-fueled death in 2014: Caden is staging Death of a Salesman, which is the devastating play that Hoffman was actually acting in, when he let his demons get the best of him, …