The cake is a lie.
For me, it's Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York. This film split me in two when I saw it after its release in 2008. It was one of those rare experiences with art that transformed something inside me. I was not the same person after seeing this film. It is beautiful. Strange. Morose. Alien. Staggering. Oppressive. There are images from that film that still haunt me, so much so that I have not been able to return to it since. It's a powerful meditation on loneliness, featuring one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's most affecting performances. I would love to revisit Synecdoche, New York, but I do not know if I can.
Just scrolling through the IMDB info for this one and it didn't do so well in theaters. I never really noticed this information on their site before and now I'm curious about other movies. I'll have to start checking that. Doesn't mean anything, obviously, but it is interesting info.
Opening Weekend USA:
$172,194,26 October 2008
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: