Who?
Philip Seymour Hoffman (confused), Michelle Williams (topless), Samantha Morton (fiery)

What’s it about?
Your guess is as good as ours. The first film directed by Charlie Kaufman, who wrote Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, this was never going to be a jolly high-school comedy. Hoffman plays a director who wins a grant to put on a play. He then goes slowly insane while attempting to reconstruct his own life in a scale model of New York City. This is very weird and engrossing stuff, shot through with dark, dark humour.

Movie bore:
Synecdoche is pronounced: si-nek-duh-kee, with a stress on ‘nek’.

3/5