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The Squid and the Whale
Joint custody blows.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
I absolutely loved this movie and I think that's mainly due to the performances of: Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, and Owen Kilne. Along with the acting, Noah Baumbach's writing is superb.
Review In A Nutshell:
Marriage is difficult, we all know that, but we now live in a world where it seems divorce is the only, or at least the easiest, option. I am so fortunate to say that my parents are still together, but there had been a couple of moments where it was just about to fall apart and forever change my life. Now with those near misses, I cannot help but feel paranoid with every argument they have, hoping that it would not escalate to the point of destruction. I know that it sounds selfish of me, but it is human nature for one to maintain a sense of comfort, free from change and stress. I always try…
Dad is a pretentious jerk. Mom is having serial affairs. Little brother is cursing like a sailor, masturbating at every opportunity and smearing his semen on library books. Older brother is plagiarizing Pink Floyd lyrics and passing them off as his own. But hey, it's Brooklyn in the 1980s. The solution, of course, is for the parents to divorce and arrange for joint custody of the kids. Or is it?
This highly autobiographical family drama from Noah Baumbach is a testament to the director's talent and ability to bring the best out in his actors, even on an indie budget. The dialog and situations seem starkly real. There's tension. There are shocks. And there is resolution, but only of the…
Noah Baumbach is obviously a very talented guy. Writer, director and indie darling, his films are certainly thought-provoking with the usual indie credentials of quirky characters and an off-kilter look at relationships. This film is no different and although with the exception of Greenberg I've enjoyed all of his movies, I can fully understand how these aren't quite for everyone.
My wife hated this. I could feel the stare that said "what the fuck is this shit". She's not keen on these indie films and asked if this was a mumblecore film (I think she read it in a magazine). A semi-autobiographical take on his own parents divorce and his struggle to cope emotionally, this is sometimes darkly funny and…
Noah Baumbach's personal story of his own adolescence and how he and his family dealt with the separation of his parents is a film rich in emotion, even if its characters often try their best to repress them. The conflicts feel real and the characters tangible, The Squid and the Whale is a surprisingly realistic account of a divorce and the effects it has on each of the family members. There are times when it's funny and times when it's incredibly sad, without ever feeling forced at anything. Although not always expressed verbally, one can see the anguish in each of the characters through their actions and demeanors. What I expected to be a highly quirky comedy with a bittersweet…
''Mom and me versus you and Dad.''
An insightful, incisive and often hilarious cautionary tale on what happens to a family when love, compassion and selflessness take a back seat to self-centred pursuits and trying to maintain an air of self-importance (and not be a Philistine). Children are of course caught in the middle and being forced to choose sides which brings out some delicious comedic moments. Performances are magnificent across the board and the handheld visually aesthetic lends to the fly-on-the-wall effect, putting the viewer in the same uncomfortable spaces. Being a semi-autobiographical tale for Baumbach, it feels even more potent in it's most stirring and poignant moments and the title of the film, and indeed the final shot…
For this movie I thought it was really bad. It was hard to keep up and at some bits really confusing. While I was watching it I was bored and trying to get what was happening. This film was not well acted at some bits and didn't really get a spark on me. At the beginning of the movie it should bring you into it, make you want to see what happens and go until the end of the film. This film was not liked that and I thought it never was entertaining enough to get me attached. The only good thing about this movie was that it was realistic and it has that bit of something that will happen…
"Mom and me versus you and Dad."
"The Squid and the Whale" opens up with a tennis match in which a family is split up and plays against each other. Back and forth, back and forth the ball goes. Points are scored, but no one wins. People are in competition, but no one triumphs. Instead, it is merely a vehicle for argument and pain.
Noah Baumbach's deeply personal film is a little one but nevertheless deals with big themes and universal feelings. On the surface, it's about a family working through a divorce. But it's really about the nature of marriage, the hard work it takes to keep it going, and the relationships between parents and their children that are…
Likeable dramedy that follows the break-up of parents Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, set in Brooklyn, 1986. The film runs for 77 minutes and that seems about right for the story. Not a lot happens, but director Noah Baumbach (who wrote THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU), makes the film a fun ride mostly because of the quirkiness of the characters. Daniels plays a college teacher who is very much a hack writer. Upon divorce, his wife actually dabs at writing and enjoys success (as well as the love of a Baldwin). The film is very much concerned with the effects the divorce has on their two sons. And a potty-mouthed Anna Paquin is thrown into the mix for good measure and sexual tension. I recommend it.
"All that work I did at the end of our marriage, making dinners, cleaning up, being more attentive. It never was going to make a difference, was it?"
The Squid and the Whale is a brutally honest yet touching depiction of one family's messy, inevitable separation. Bambauch injects an assured sense of character and rhythm into this stark drama, a sensibility enriched by the uniformly excellent performances.
The amount of truth that Bambauch imbeds within the film is staggering (and perhaps a little too relatable), completely setting aside cheap melodrama or forced quirkiness for something much more complex, and much more impactful.
It's ending also manages to strike that perfect balance between emotional pay-off and amibguity; my favourite kind.
Que decir de Noah? que es un esplendido director. The one I love me llevó a ver este film y a seguir explorado un poquito en las películas de él. Para mi grata sorpresa, me consigo con un conflicto familiar muy bien desarrollado y una cruda realidad que muchos ignoran. Me gustó como se vivió la historia de cada personaje en tan solo 1h17min de film y como al mismo tiempo hubo una conexión en todas las historias.
P.D: Siendo el productor Wes anderson le da un Ultra plus a la película. Me encantó...
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
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