Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Director: Charlie Kaufman Edit
A theatre director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Male Deaths Edit
- Jerry Adler [Caden's Father]
- Philip Seymour Hoffman [Caden Cotard] (Possibly)
- Tom Noonan [Sammy Barnathan]
Female Deaths Edit
- Lynn Cohen [Caden's Mother]
- Catherine Keener [Adele Lack]
- Samantha Morton [Hazel]
- Robin Weigert [Olive Lack]
- Roger Ebert named this film the best of the 2000s.
- Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut.
- The film was originally set to be directed by Spike Jonze, who chose to direct Where the Wild Things Are (2009) instead.
- For her role as Caden's adult daughter, Robin Weigert had to undergo 20 hours of tattoo artistry for her character.
- Dianne Wiest appears after an hour and twenty minutes into the film. Even then, she gets only ten minutes of screen time, despite prominent billing.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman's character's last name is a reference to the Cotard delusion or Cotard's syndrome, also known as nihilistic or negation delusion, which is a rare neuropsychiatric disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that he or she is dead, does not exist, is putrefying or has lost his/her blood or internal organs.
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