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Movie Pick: Synecdoche, New York

By rania | Week of Wonders October 25, 2008 at 1:30AM

Movie Pick: Synecdoche, New York
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In the haze of her perpetually burning house, Hazel (Samantha Morton) plays hostess to Caden (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

Samantha Morton! Samantha Morton! Let's sing the praises of Samantha Morton.

Always complex and riveting, 31-year-old Morton has accumulated many stand-out roles. Here are just a few:

"Sweet and Lowdown" (1999) as a mute laundress
"Jesus' Son" (2000) as a heroin addict
"Morvern Caller" (2002) as a mourning plagiarist
"Minority Report" (2002) as a clairvoyant
"In America" (2003) as an Irish mother in New York
"Control" (2007) as a rock star wife

In "S,NY" she is exceptional as a theater box office attendant crushing on a director, played by lead Philip Seymour Hoffman. With a stellar ensemble cast, they follow the Möbius road created by writer/director Charlie Kaufman.

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