This is a public service announcement.
Everyone that is reading this, go see Synecdoche, New York, as soon as you possibly can. It is my new favorite film and touched me greatly.
The film was the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman. I love every Kaufman written film I have seen, but this one is definitely the best. I put off seeing this film because it cost $2.99 on Amazon to rent, which keeps in line with the themes of the film. I would have given much more to see this film had I known just how great it was.
I would not call this film abstract, I would call it subtle. I can’t tell you what the film is about, but I can tell you what I interpreted from it.
Synecdoche, is in large part about death, how death affects things, and how people deal with it.
“Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years. And you may never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it’s what you create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but it doesn’t really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope that something good will come along. Something to make you feel connected, something to make you feel whole, something to make you feel loved. And the truth is I feel so angry, and the truth is I feel so fucking sad, and the truth is I’ve felt so fucking hurt for so fucking long and for just as long I’ve been pretending I’m OK, just to get along, just for, I don’t know why, maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery, because they have their own. Well, fuck everybody. Amen.”
The main point is that we spend our lives waiting, hoping for something to make it better when we could have made it better ourselves all along. It is tragic, but has an underlying feeling of hope. You can change right now. Nothing can stop you.
That is what I got out of it, but no interpretation is wrong. This is definitely a must-watch.