Screen/Society--"Synonyms" (2019 | Nadav Lapid
(Nadav Lapid, 2019, 123 min, France/Israel, French & Hebrew w/ subtitles, Color, DCP)
Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Synonyms" features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation.
"Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable." - David Ehrlich, Indiewire
"Furious, brilliant. A movie that turns rage into pain and identity into a howl." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
View trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u1HtImIb6s