Opens November 1, 2019
Yoav (Tom Mercier), a young Israeli man who has rejected his homeland finds himself in Paris where he's penniless, destitute, and on the edge of death before coming under the wing of Emile (Quentin Dolmaire) and Caroline (Louise Chevillote). They're fascinated to discover the depths to which he has embraced his new French persona while casting off his former identity as an Israeli citizen.
As Yoav continues to reject all things Israeli, including his native Hebrew tongue, he hungrily absorbs the French culture that surrounds him, especially the language, writing teeming and impressive poems laying out a troubling and electric world view. When the odd jobs that he shows up for prove exploitative and sexually humiliating, and the cultural trainings required for French citizenship formally demand fealty to France, Yoav's already fragile sense of self seems on the edge of crumbling down around him. Based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid, Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place as 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.
"Intense, feverish, unhinged, deranged, digressive, implacable, impressive." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
- Original Language Title: Synonyms | Synonyme
- Director: Nadav Lapid
- Principal Cast: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
- Country: Israel, France, Germany
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 123 minutes
- Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
- Screenplay: Nadav Lapid, Haïm Lapid
- Cinematographers: Shaï Goldman
- Language: French, Hebrew, English
- Has Subtitles: Yes