Friday, December 20, 2019:
When Yoav (Tom Mercier, in a riveting performance) arrives in Paris from Israel, his belongings are stolen and he is saved from freezing to death by a wealthy young couple. Scarred by his past and desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his salvation. The required visits to the Israeli embassy annoy him, but the naturalization test also has its pitfalls.
Yoav’s attempts to find himself awaken past demons as he navigates Paris assisted by his dictionary. Based on the real-life experiences of writer/director Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher; Policeman), the provocative Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place.
“Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.” —IndieWire
“Typecasting Israelis and Parisians alike, the film demands multilevel readings, forcing viewers to question the nature of stereotypes and their validity outside parody.” —Variety
“A dynamic dance between madness and charisma ... curiously as bittersweet as it is alarming.” —ION Cinema
Tickets for Synonyms (Synonymes)
Friday, December 20, 2019 7 p.m.
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