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The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale
  • 2005
  • US
  • 80 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Noah Baumbach
  • Written by: Noah Baumbach
  • Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, Anna Paquin
  • Website: www.squidandthewhalemovie.com

Bernard (Daniels) is a once acclaimed novelist whose star has long since waned and now works as a university professor. When his wife starts to have success with a novel of her own, the resulting demise of their marriage has a profound affect on their two children. Writer/director Baumbach concentrates on characters and moral conundrums over melodramatic plot points. In doing so he brings a unique angle to depicting divorce on screen. An acerbic and occasionally kooky and brilliant work.

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