Charlie Kaufman writes the way he lives…with great difficulty. His brother Donald lives the way he writes…with foolish abandon. Susan writes about life…but can’t live it. John’s life is a book…waiting to be adapted.
One story…four lives…a million ways it can end.
“I am pathetic. I’m a loser.”
“You are what you love not what loves you.”
Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
Susan Orlean (book)
Charlie Kaufman is a screenwriter struggling to adapt the book ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Susan Orlean, while overwhelmed with feelings of personal and professional inadequacy, only heightened by his brother Donald’s happy go lucky attitude, success in his personal life and his own casual yet highly successful attempt at his own screenplay.
In a clever ‘book within a screenplay within a screenplay’ the lives of Charlie, Donald, Susan and John Laroche (the orchid thief and subject of Susan’s book) become bizarrely and tragically entwined in an ever unfolding story of conflicting and ultimately catastrophic desires.
Nicolas Cage received the 2002 Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor for his performance and was nominated for a further fourteen awards, including the 2003 Academy Award Oscar for Best Actor, the 2003 BAFTA for Best Actor in A Leading Role and the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Books and Film Companions:
The film Adaptation is based on the book ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Susan Orlean.
‘ADAPTATION The Shooting Script’ is a book containing the screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and including commentaries with Susan Orlean and Robert Mckee, plus an interview by Rob Feld with Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze.
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