Synecdoche, New York

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Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress ...

Director: Charlie Kaufman
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Production: Sydney Kimmel Entertainment
Genre: comedy, drama
Year: 2008
MetaScore: 67/100
ImdbRating: 7.6
BoxOffice: $3,000,000
Released: 05 Feb 2009
Awards: 8 wins & 29 nominations.

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Caden Cotard - Philip Seymour Hoffman
Adele Lack - Catherine Keener
Olive (4 years old) - Sadie Goldstein
Sammy Barnathan - Tom Noonan
Emergency Room Doctor - Peter Friedman
Like Clockwork Patient - Charles Techman
Ophthalmologist - Josh Pais
David - Robert Seay
Claire Keen - Michelle Williams
Madeleine Gravis - Hope Davis
Plumber - Frank Girardeau
Burning House Realtor - Amy Wright
Derek - Paul Sparks
Caden's Father - Jerry Adler
Caden's Mother - Lynn Cohen
Ellen's Mother - Deirdre O'Connell
Ellen (10 years old) - Kat Peters
Dentist - John Rothman
Emergency Room Nurse (as Amanda Fulks) - Amanda R. Phillips
Evaluative Services Doctor - Frank Wood
Jazz Singer - Deanna Storey
Warehouse Realtor - Elizabeth Marvel
Toystore Clerk - Laura Odeh
Minister - Mark Lotito
Ariel - Daisy Tahan
German Woman (as Erica Berg) - Erica Fae
German Doctor - Raymond Angelic Sr.
Old Man - Cliff Carpenter
Michael - Timothy Doyle
Soap Actress Nurse - Amy Spanger
Soap Actor Doctor - Nick Wyman
Therapy Patient Actress - Portia
Leg Tremor Doctor - Dan Ziskie
Lady at Caden's Mom's - Chris McGinn
Adult Olive - Robin Weigert
Man in Line - Gerald Emerick
Man with Nose Bleed - Alvin Epstein
Frances - Rosemary Murphy
Tammy - Emily Watson
Needleman Actor - Tim Guinee
Actress Playing Claire - Kristen Bush
Actor Playing Needleman Actor - Greg McFadden
Warehouse Actress - Barbara Haas
Ellen Bascomb - Dianne Wiest
Maurice - Joe Lisi
Actress Playing Frances - Alice Drummond
Actor Playing Man with Nose Bleed - Michael Higgins
Actor as Caden - Stanley Krajewski
Medic - Tom Greer
Actor - Tee Brennan
Sign Painter - David Collihan
Warehouse Actor - Brie Eley
First Burlesque Patron - Alan Gary
Actor Playing 'Davis' in Play - Don Gomez
Claire Keen's Sister - Brigitte Hagerman
Psychiatrist Actor - Scott Hatfield
Girl in TV Commercial - Takako Haywood
Warehouse Worker - Kyle Knauf
Actress as Tammy as Hazel - Amelia Martin
Upstate Theater Attendee - Rebecca Merle
Actress as Claire - Brenna Palughi
Art Gallery Patron - Sal Rinella
German Patron - Tomasz Smolarski
German patron - Misha Zubarev