Synecdoche, New York
Having left Broadway for a warehouse in Manhattan, theater director Caden Cotard is getting ready for his most ambitious work to date: a replica of real life set in a replica of the real city outside. As his personal life spirals out of control, Caden is drawn deeper and deeper into the project, adding to his original set of characters doppelgangers of himself, his wife, lovers and daughters until the lines stage life and real life become blurred. In his directorial debut, Charlie Kaufman returns to his favorite motif of the interplay between fiction and reality. After all, that’s what synecdoche means: the specific for the general, the general for the specific.