Synonyms (2019)

Synonyms (2019)
Country: France, Israel, Germany
Release Year: 2019
Aka: Synonymes
Director: Nadav Lapid
Writer: Nadav Lapid, Haim Lapid
Language: French, Hebrew, English
Genre: Drama | Runtime: 118 min
Cast:Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire
Louise Chevillotte, Olivier Loustau
Uria Hayik, Yehuda Almagor   
Studio:SBS Films, Komplizen Film
Pie Films, Arte France Cinéma
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Yoav, a young Israeli man, has a one-way ticket to Paris believing France to be his salvation from what he sees as the madness of his country. Things don't get off to a great start as he discovers his living arrangement is unfit for living, yet his grandiose expectations leave no room for a failure to adapt. Wholehearted in his resolution to erase his Jewish-Israeli origins, he refuses to speak Hebrew and obsessively studies his constant companion, a French dictionary. He develops a particularly strong bond with his privileged neighbor who symbolizes - to Yoav - the French promise of fraternité. Nothing can extinguish Yoav's determination to be thoroughly French. Based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid, SYNONYMS explores the conflicted realm of fervent Nationalism and the challenges of putting down roots in a foreign land.

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