Downtown Springfield Association
Moxie Cinema In Translation: Synonyms

Moxie Cinema In Translation: Synonyms

January, 25 2020 | 6:15 pm

305 S Campbell Ave Springfield, Missouri 65806
http://moxiecinema.com/
417-429-0800 info@moxiecinema.com


“Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.”
– Indiewire
SHOWTIMES
Friday, January 24, 2020 – 6:15 PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 6:15 PM
Sunday, January 26, 2020 – 5:30 PM
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 8:45 PM

*Please check moxiecinemacom for showtimes. The event may expire while film is still screening. Showtimes will be posted on fb the tuesday before the start date.

**This film is part of our In Translation series recent international films of note.**

Synonymes (original title)

Film Synopsis:
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 discover the place is 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. The necessary visits to the Israeli embassy annoy Yoav – he finds his compatriots to be a total burden – but the naturalization test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple whom he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him. Based on the real life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid’s (The Kindergarten Teacher, Policeman), 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. [Kino Lorber]

Film Information:
Starring: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
Director: Nadav Lapid
Language(s): English, French, Hebrew
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time: 123 min.

Reviews:
“Intense, feverish, unhinged, deranged, digressive, implacable, impressive.”
– JORDAN MINTZER, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.”
– DAVID EHRLICH, INDIEWIRE

“Furious, brilliant, exhausting, Synonyms is the story of a man in self-imposed exile.”
– MANOHLA DARGIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A searing, maddening, explosively brainy movie about the mutability and immutability of the self that, appropriately enough, never stops changing shape.”
– JUSTIN CHANG, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Breathtaking in the way it careens from one scene to the next in a whirlwind of personal and political meaning all but impossible to grasp in full measure, the film is an excoriation of Israel’s militant machismo and a self-teasing parody of Parisian stereotypes, embodied by actor Tom Mercier in this astonishingly audacious debut.”
– JAY WEISSBERG, VARIETY

“One word for Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms, a movie with a hero obsessed with words, is astonishing. Other words apply to this Israeli feature, in subtitled French and Hebrew, that’s set in Paris. They include, in no particular order, fascinating, infuriating, frightening, lyrical and befuddling. Plus deadpan funny and frequently stunning as a bittersweet ode to contemporary France, one that’s suffused with New Wave verve.”
– JOE MORGENSTERN, WALL STREET JOURNAL