Synecdoche, New York

Role: Claire Keen
Release Date: May 23, 2008 (Cannes Film Festival), October 24, 2008 (limited release)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Writers: Charlie Kaufman
MPAA Rating: R
Tagline: N/A
Genre: Comedy/Drama

Philip Seymour Hoffman….Caden Cotard
Catherine Keener…Adele Lack
Samantha Morton….Hazel
Hope Davis….Madeleine Gravis
Jennifer Jason Leigh….Maria
Tom Noonan….Sammy Barnathan

A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Michelle’s character:
Michelle plays Claire Keen, Caden’s second wife. She is an actress.

Quotes from the Movie:

Quotes from Michelle:

“The story involves a few women orbiting around Philip Seymour Hoffman. I play one of his wives, an actress. On my second day of shooting I did this scene where I’m performing the last speech from Death of a Salesman. I had to do it in front of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I was so terrified. I mean I’ve had nightmares like that where I go on stage and Philip Seymour Hoffman is watching.”



– Spike Jonze was originally set to direct this film, but dropped out to make Where the Wild Things Are.

– Jennifer Jason Leigh co-starred with Michelle in A Thousand Acres.

– The movie won the 2008 Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Robert Altman Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards.

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