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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.
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's breakthrough feature is a smartly written, aptly directed & brilliantly performed indie that cleverly combines the elements of drama & comedy into one gripping story, is filled with authentic, fully-drawn characters, and offers an honest take on divorce & how it affects everyone who is part of the family.
Set in Brooklyn during the 1980s, The Squid and the Whale tells the story of two boys whose lives are turned upside down when they learn that their parents are separating and are going to share a joint custody. Having trouble in adjusting to the suddenly changed situation in the house, the two kids respond in their own ways to cope with the trauma.
Written & directed by Noah Baumbach, the film sets…
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…
The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach’s best picture to date, scares me, because I see too much of myself reflected in the broken personality of Jeff Daniels, who represents self-righteous writer and father of two Bernard Berkman, admired by only one person: his oldest son. The picture does everything it possibly can to make the viewer hate Bernard, the prick, the ego-centrist, the failure, the tyrant, the envious man that he is. But damn do I sympathise with the fellow, even when we have not yet met the bad sides of mother Joan Berkman; once this aspect is showcased, the contrast between the moral high and low ground embodied by the two characters at first is severely dimmed. Not…
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…
im prob missing the whole point of the movie but mom rocks
I love this movie just as much as the first three times I watched it.
I'm glad I waited a few years to see it again, it really brought some new perspective on the characters.
Definitely one of Baumbach's best films.
Noah Baumbach’s 2005 indie hit is a dry comedy – bone dry – and familial drama about the separation of a pair of married writers, and the damage it does to their sides-choosing sons. As the parents, Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney are brilliant, each playing a very specific and different kind of bad parent/difficult person; dad is a self-satisfied name-dropper who thinks the worst thing he can do is insult the intelligence of the men his ex sees, while mom’s wry commentary is more subtle, but cuts deeper. Eldest son Jesse Eisenberg regurgitates his dad’s literary opinions (among other intellectual property); younger Owen Kline deals with the separation via a lot of public masturbation. It’s a tricky picture, with a tone that’s as hard to pinpoint as it is to catch wavering, and Baumbach, as ever, has a keen ear for the dialogue rhythms of insecure intelligentsia.
Once in a generation type of film.
I think it's really really brave of Baumbach to go so heavy on the autiobiographical elements here.
It's like the perfect blend b/w fiction and documentary. Shooting on 16mm is a plus! And, the contrived opening, - "Mom and me versus you and Dad," on the fictional side.
Prob. about the 16th time I've seen this.
it's messy, and that's great - a perfect family portrait - as perfect as it can be at least.
messiness is aided through the constantly moving characters/camera.
Man, I can uncomfortably relate to Jesse Eisenberg. So many of those moments of shitty condescension were reminders of how I used to/still act.
This should be required viewing for parents considering or involved in a divorce. I cannot name a movie that more perfectly captures the impact and devastation children of divorce suffer: being forced to take sides, being used as weapons.
The marriage of Bernard and Joan (Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney)is breaking down and the reality hits home for their two sons when Bernard moves out. While both boys are deeply affected Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) is the eldest and his reaction is first to try and choose the parent who is in the right. Over the course of the film however, the reality of the situation sets in and his idealistic view of his father starts to crumble.
This is smart and intelligent filming (with some great music too) with enough humour to prevent it becoming a wallow.
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