Critics Pick! Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.
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In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for the newly arrived Yoav. He knocks on the door of the flat where he's supposed to stay, only to find the place empty. While he is taking a bath there, his belongings are stolen. Yet this young Israeli, who has arrived with such great expectations, will not be dissuaded that easily. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Step one is to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew and his dictionary becomes his constant companion. His work at the Israeli embassy is a burden, but studying for his naturalization test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him. Based on writer-director Nadav Lapid's own experiences, Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. Yoav's attempts to find himself awaken past demons and open up an existential abyss in this tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets.
Comedy, Drama, Jewish Culture, French Cinema
Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee, Teddy Award ~ Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film FestivalMORE
Fine Arts Theatre 11.18.19 - 11.18.19