‘Synonyms’ • Movie Review:
An Astonishing, Maddening Drama About National Identity — Berlin
David Ehrlich, indiewire.com
Feb 14, 2019 9:17 am
Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear
Nadav Lapid goes to Paris for this brilliant and maddening story about an Israeli man desperate to be French.
It may seem like an impertinent thought in the midst of a global refugee crisis, but “Synonyms” translates Yoav’s dilemma into an unshakable portrait of a man whose passport only gets him so far, who’s grown tired of carrying the baggage that comes with being an Israeli, and who’s driven to the brink of madness by a world that forcibly identifies people by the place they were born.
Nadav Lapid’s astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable new film “Synonyms” opens with a sequence that might be described as a sideways attempt at psychic suicide.