I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a Sequel to Synecdoche, New York

This essay is full of spoilers for both movies — do not read until you’ve watched both.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a sequel to Synecdoche, New York, and their relationship is made unusually clear by Charlie Kaufman, who has a well deserved reputation for making complex movies that do not try to make their messages clear — in fact, movies that make…