The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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Director Noah Baumbach’s autobiographical film is a strikingly realistic take on divorce and the turmoil it sets on an already-dysfunctional family. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a selfish decadent writer who’s splitting with his unfaithful wife Joan (Laura Linney). Their two sons, Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Kline), are taking different sides that reflect their personality. This separation only reinforces their insecurities as they quickly fall into depression and grow away from their friends. The parents, however, find unconventional lovers just as quickly, Bernard with a student of his, and Jane with her son’s tennis coach.

The Squid and the Whale is a funny, emotional, and gripping story that finds a perfect balance in tone despite dealing with bitter divorce and troubled adolescence.

Review by Anass.

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Glen Min
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Glen Min

This movie made me feel very uncomfortable. The family dynamic is just… Unheard of. An extremely pretentious and child-like dad, a whore mom, a public masturbator little brother and a loser son.

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This movie is definitely meant to make you feel uncomfortable and to think. Even though it´s said in this page it´s a movie to watch alone (which I can understand because, as I said before, it´s extremely uncomfortable) It´s great to discuss it with somebody because it makes you think a lot.

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    • Starring

      Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, Owen Kline
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    • Genre

      Comedy, Drama
    • Directed by

      Noah Baumbach
    • Written by

      Noah Baumbach
    • Rating

      R
    • Language

      English

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