You see, in 2008 there was this very interesting film SYNECDOCHE, NY, that dealt with a somewhat overreaching playwright and his midlife crisis. It was very good, very long, and not very commercial. It seems that MULTIPLE SARCASMS, the new film starring Dana Delany, Mira Sorvino and Timothy Hutton, has taken Charles Kaufman’s synecdoche idea, added a conventional storyline which is a bit more upbeat, and plugged in some actors with name recognition in an effort to make the story palatable to an American audience.
It seems like that, but according to the credits, MULTIPLE SARCASMS was written by Linda Morris and Brooks Branch. There is no evidence that either of them ever actually saw SYNECDOCHE, NY.
This film was not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning, and it is on Netflix.
That being said, Sorvino is great, and Delany has the thankless task of portraying an extremely irritating character, which she does well. Timothy Hutton’s performance is greatly improved by his being surrounded by such talent.
Mira Sorvino, who among other things was Sophia Eva McCormick DeCastro in Swans Crossing in 1992, amazingly enough, does not have a website (or at least none that I can find).