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Synonyms

Synonyms

In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for the newly arrived Yoav. He knocks on the door of the flat where he's supposed to stay, only to discover the place is empty. While he is taking a bath there, his belongings are stolen. Yet this young Israeli, who has arrived with such great expectations, will not be dissuaded that easily. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Yoav's attempts to find himself awaken past demons and open up an existential abyss in this tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets. Based on the real life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid's (The Kindergarten Teacher, Policeman), Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. 

 

Critical Notes

"For all the artful obliqueness of Lapid's approach, the autobiographical background of the story lends it a lived-in honesty; the incidents and interactions of Synonyms feel both symbolic and true." - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

 

Film Information

Director: Nadav Lapid
Cast:: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte 
Year: 2019
Runtime: 123 min 
Country: France, Israel, Germany
Language: French, Hebrew, English with EST
Distributor: Unobstructed View Inc.
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

 

Screenings

DateCircuit CentreLocation
May 06, 2020North Bay Film
North Bay Galaxy Cinemas
North Bay, ON
May 06, 2020North Bay Film
North Bay Galaxy Cinemas
North Bay, ON

* Represents an approximate date. Please consult local listings.