A film, by the very talented Charlie Kaufman, is about a man compartmentalizing his life into terms in which he feels he can understand, or at the very least make art out of; his purpose it to make meaning of his pain. And anxiety. The word ‘synecdoche’ means to replace a part with a whole – I’m am the law – or vice versa – all hands on deck. In this case, it simply means that Caden Cortard (a syndrome in which one believes they are already dead) replaces life with theater. In doing so, he loses himself in his imagination, slowly disillusioned into seeing all his ideas come to fruition – but when all he knows or creates is more suffering, disappointment and longing, he destroys all the relationships around him.
Synecdoche, New York