Noah Baumbachs THE SQUID AND THE WHALE is an excruciatingly humane, often hilarious portrait of a disintegrating family in mid-1980s Brooklyn. Set in the stately yet off-kilter neighborhood of Park Slope, the film tells the story of the Berkmans, a quintessentially New York family struggling to keep things together. Family patriarch Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a published author and writing teacher whose insecurity over his own lack of recognition continues to plague him. Meanwhile, his wife, Joan (Laura Linney), is grappling with her own sense of unsettlement. Their sons, who are caught in the crossfire, express their confusion in different ways: 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) tries to pass off Pink Floyds Hey You as his own hit in the school talent show, while his 12-year-old brother Frank (Owen Kline) begins to explore his budding sexuality. When Bernard and Joan finally decide to separate, the family must confront their unraveling situation head on. Rarely has family dysfunction been captured so frankly and honestly as in THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. Baumbach claims his film is only semi-autobiographical, but, from the pitch-perfect writing and nostalgic tone, it feels as if were watching home videos of the writer-directors past. Featuring an outstanding pop-music soundtrack (Bert Jansch, The Feelies, Lou Reed), the film also boasts performances that seem certain to earn end-of-the-year accolades.
Interview With Director and Writer
Release Date: 07 August 2006
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Running Time: 77 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
Dubbed Languages: Spanish
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
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