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Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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Samantha Morton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, ... | SAMANTHA MORTON AND PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
SAMANTHA MORTON AND PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

Details Limited Release: Oct 24, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 124 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Samantha Morton; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

It's been three years since Charlie Kaufman won an Oscar for writing the genre-bending head trip Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. His new movie (and directorial debut) follows a frustrated theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who sets out to create a masterpiece to impress his estranged wife (Catherine Keener). His project? A life-size 
 re-creation of New York City, with thousands of actors all contained inside an improbably large warehouse. ''There's a lot of stuff that goes on in this movie that is impossible,'' says Kaufman, adding that the 45-day shoot itself was barely achievable. ''It was the middle of summer in a New York warehouse. It was 800 degrees.''
OUR TWO CENTS Synecdoche split audiences at Cannes last spring, and it's bound to do the same here. But one thing's for sure: It'll be unlike anything else in theaters this fall. 10/24

Originally posted Aug 13, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints