15 certificateSynecdoche, New York is a Film programme that first aired in 2008 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Synecdoche, New York is a 4 star programme

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Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Directed by
Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut, a comedy drama, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Caden Cotard, a frustrated theatre director so bound up in his own work and failings he almost doesn't notice his wife Adele leaving him.

When an unexpected grant of $500,000 allows him to realise his dream; he rents a cavernous warehouse and sets about rehearsing a play based on his life and the world around him, with sets modelled on New York and a script comprising of gnomic post-it notes. But will the play ever reach its first night?

Kaufman's film is an almost Bergmanesque meditation on life and death which, as with his scripts for Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, refuses to kowtow to convention but by its very subversion, provides a fascinating, challenging viewing experience.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 140 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2008

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman...Caden Cotard
Catherine Keener...Adele Lack
Sadie Goldstein...Olive
Image for Tom NoonanTom Noonan...Sammy Barnathan
Peter Friedman...Emergency Room Doctor
Charles Techman...Like Clockwork Patient
Josh Pais...Dr. Eisenberg - Ophthalmologist
Daniel London...Tom
Robert Seay...David
Image for Michelle WilliamsMichelle Williams...Claire Keen
Stephen Adly Guirgis...Davis
Image for Samantha MortonSamantha Morton...Hazel
Hope Davis...Madeleine Gravis
Frank Girardeau...Plumber
Image for Jennifer Jason-LeighJennifer Jason-Leigh...Maria