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Synonyms
Original title:
Synonymes
Slovenian title:
Sinonimi
Section:
AVANTPREMIERES
Country, year:
Israel, France, Germany, 2019
Length:
123
Directed by:
Nadav Lapid
Screenplay:
Nadav Lapid, Haom Lapid
Cinematography:
Shai Goldman
Music:
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Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
hebrew,French,English
Voting code:
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Cast:
Tom Mercier (Yoav), Quentin Dolmaire (Emile), Louise Chevillotte (Caroline), Olivier Moustau (Michel), Uriya Hayik (Yaron), Yehuda Almagor (Yoavov oce)
Awards:
Berlinale 2019 (Best Film, FIPRESCI Prize), Sydney 2019

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Description:
Chronicling a young Israeli's tragicomic attempt at assimilation into European community, the autobiographic Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place.
In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for Yoav. He knocks on the door of a flat, only to discover the place is empty and, while he is taking a bath there, his things are stolen. Yet this young Israeli had arrived with such great expectations. He is determined to get rid of his nationality as quickly as possible. For him, being Israeli is like a tumour that has to be surgically removed. Becoming French, on the other hand, would quite simply mean his salvation. But the naturalisation test has its pitfalls. And the young French couple whom he befriends have some rather strange ideas about how to help him.

"I think that language is the most intrinsic thing we have that we can change. It is difficult to change our bodies. The past cannot be changed. Yoav's body contains his past. It contains his essential nature, which he wishes to decapitate. /.../ Yoav progresses between his Israeli body and his French words. In that respect, it is hardly coincidental that he tortures his body, that he fights his body." (Nadav Lapid)