In the opening scene of Synonyms, Yoav, a former Israeli soldier who’s run away to France, spends a night squatting in an upscale Paris apartment, only to have all of his belongings stolen while taking a shower. He’s rescued from freezing to death by a wealthy, cultured young couple—who quickly become enamored with him—but no amount of chic clothing or monetary gifts can mask his raw inner turmoil. Questions of identity, nationalism, ethics, masculinity, shame, and assimilation abound as Yoav (played brilliantly and slightly unhinged by newcomer Tom Mercier) attempts to leave the past behind, including his native Hebrew language, and rebuild his life. Directed by Nadav Lapid, Synonyms is smart, stunning, and requires multiple viewings to peel back all its layers.