Synecdoche, New York

From Being John Malkovitch to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, we have a long-term love affair with writer genius Charlie Kaufman. So if his newest offering, Synecdoche, New York is at times incomprehensible, you'll forgive us for pointing it out anyway (we hope). In this mortality-centered epic, Caden Cotard (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a director who is faced with the simultaneous departure of his daughter and wife (Catherine Keener) and a mysterious deadly illness. Determined to untangle his life, Cotard embarks on a sweeping theatrical production that lasts for the rest of it. With Samantha Morton and Michelle Williams as Cotard's "follow-up" wives and loves, and Hope Davis as his self-promoting therapist, this film is a must-see for the cast alone.

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