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SYNONYMS

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. 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.


Synonyms (2019)
Directed by: Nadav Lapid
Written by:  Nadav Lapid, Haim Lapid
Actors and Actresses: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
Language: French | Hebrew | English
Runtime: 123 Minutes
Distributor: Kino Lorber

Winner: 2019 Berlin International Film Festival’s Golden Bear and FIPRESCI Prize


Opens on Fri Oct 25 at Film at Lincoln Center and Quad Cinema, New York.
And on Nov 1 at Landmark Nuart Theatre, and Nov 18 at Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles.

 

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