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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…
Holds up, and then some. Still probably my favorite of Baumbach's - cuts straight to the bone.
Noah Baumbach never ceases to impress me with his uncanny ability to write and create some of the most arrogant, self-obsessed, elitist asshole characters you'll ever come across on celluloid. Perhaps none more prevalent then the ones featured in his breakthrough film the Squid and the Whale. A film in which he also directed. A film that by all accounts could also be deemed as being unflatteringly auto-biographical. The Squid and the Whale is set in Brooklyn in 1986 and tells the story of the divorce of 2 pseudo-intellectual writers and the effects this separation has on their children. Baumbach himself having been the offspring of 2 film critics. The talented cast featured in the film includes Jeff Daniels, Laura…
Awkward. Powerful. Thought provoking. Funny. Great use of Pink Floyd.
Those are just some of the characteristics and attributes of what make this my second favorite Noah Baumbach film, behind Frances Ha. What makes this film amazing is the characters are treated harsh and their worst characteristics are revealed, yet it is enjoyable to watch and (somehow) they are redeemed.
I'm disturbed and fascinated at the same time... First of all, people on the screen look too much like my close ones actually. I found (unfortunately) similarities in me and Jesse Eisenberg, my brother looks just like Frank and my parents look very much like Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney. And then, Anna Paquin has always looked exactly like the girl I had huge crush on when I started high school. First time I saw this girl I thought, damn she looks just like Anna Paquin! So, basically this is a film about my life... not only because people look like my close ones but because the situation is pretty close to my current life. Because of this, I feel…
"It's written by Franz Kafka. It has to be."
so indie that if it were a human it would be wearing a lou reed tee & cuff its jeans
"Don' be difficult"
What an amazing analysis of broken home relationships. This film demonstrates how people are misunderstood both genuinely or by self inflicting. Great use of pan tracking shots to extenuate character mirroring.
Watching this film is a bit like having my life played back to me and I adore it, but it's brutal all the same. There's a scene, quite near the end, where Bernard, the father, asks Joan, the mother, if she remembers when he took her to see Á Bout de Souffle and she didn't like it because of the jump cuts. It's a tiny scene, one that doesn't even really matter to the plot, but it's one that sticks in my mind because it's an exact conversation my parents had. Exactly the same. It's one of a number of little instances in this film that feel as though they've been ripped from the pages of my biography because my…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…