1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.
A woman uses her bureaucratic job to convince divorcing couples to stay together is utterly committed to getting pregnant by her husband in a future of dance parties, ritualistic orgies and fundamentalist Christianity.
Yoav, a young Israeli man, has a one-way ticket to Paris believing France to be his salvation from what he sees as the madness of his country. Things don't get off to a great start as he discovers his living arrangement is unfit for living, yet his grandiose expectations leave no room for a failure to adapt. Wholehearted in his resolution to erase his Jewish-Israeli origins, he refuses to speak Hebrew and obsessively studies his constant companion, a French dictionary. He develops a particularly strong bond with his privileged neighbor who symbolizes - to Yoav - the French promise of fraternité. Nothing can extinguish Yoav's determination to be thoroughly French. Based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid, SYNONYMS explores the conflicted realm of fervent Nationalism and the challenges of putting down roots in a foreign land.Written by
If you are a privileged person born in a rich country, you won't get this film, so please ignore it.
This movie depicts the integration of a political immigrant from Israel in Paris, France.
While the spoiled rich brats are trying to pass their time with writing and playing musical instruments, a young man called Yoav nearly freezes to death in the next door apartment.
He is naked, hungry and traumatized. They are bored, ignorant and looking for a pass time.
Wearing the ridiculous clothes given to him, Yoav tries to speak, eat and breathe French, but at the same time avoiding eye contact with the beauty of Paris. He was made to beg, pray and even do it in order to survive. Yoav even gives up his stories, his experiences to a wannabe French writer.
Watching as the persona of Yoav disintegrates in the search of safe heaven is heartbreaking, and tragi-comic. The mental state of Immigration and integration in this movie is pinned down with microscopic precision.
Full of beautiful citations, this movie will make you think, smile and cry, truly, a masterpiece.
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