Re-enactment of Remainder.

Not exactly, but pretty damn close.  Charlie Kaufman’s new movie:

Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) 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 mockup
of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows,Synecdoche
own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele
(Catherine Keener), 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 (Jennifer Jason Leigh). He’s
helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire (Michelle Williams)
into the ground. Sammy Barnathan (Tom Noonan), the actor Caden has
hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the
part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship
with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton). Meanwhile, his
therapist, Madeline Gravis (Hope Davis), is better at plugging her
best-seller than she is at counseling him. His is second daughter,
Ariel, is retarded. And a mysterious condition is systematically
shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years
rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece.
Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the
line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating
reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally
and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent
Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he
needs. By seamlessly blending together subjective point-of-views with
traditional narrative structures, writer/director Charlie Kaufman has
created a world of superbly unsteady footing. His richly developed cast
of characters flutter between moments of warm intimacy and frightful
insecurity, creating a script that brings to life all the complex and
beautiful nuances of shared life and artistic creation. Synecdoche, New
York is as its definition states: a part of the whole or the whole used
for the part, the general for the specific, the specific for the

Odd, n’est pas?  Kaufman + Hoffman + Keener + doppelgangers / Remainder = me pre-purchasing tickets.


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