Based on the autobiography of the director Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching and hilarious story of two young boys dealing with their eccentric parents’ divorce and various other growing pains in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Baumbach made his writing and directing debut at the age of 26 with Kicking and Screaming (1995), a comedy about four young men who graduate from college and refuse to move on with their lives. The film starred Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, and Carlos Jacott and premiered in 1995 at the New York Film Festival. Baumbach was chosen as one of Newsweek ’s “Ten New Faces of 1996”.
In 1997 he wrote and directed Mr. Jealousy, a film about a young writer so jealous about his girlfriend that he sneaks into the group therapy sessions of her ex-boyfriend to discover what kind of relationship they had. He then co-wrote (under the name Jesse Carter) and directed (under the name Ernie Fusco) the New York-set comedy of manners Highball. He co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) with Wes Anderson.
His 2005 film The Squid and the Whale was a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about his childhood in Brooklyn and the effect… read more
I found it very similar to Redford's Ordinary People and I think that the magic of those two masterpieces is that minimalism that surround them - Everything is so simple (Mostly cinematographic-wise) but so good, it is flooded with human love and I just fell in love with it.
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What I think I love about this so much, is that the characters are so ruthless and dead on. Finally a movie where people aren’t so nice all the time. Not one character is perfect, they’re all screwed… read review
I keep seeing “funny” pop up in reviews of this movie but I found absolutely no humor in it. Maybe it’s because I watched the movie alone, and maybe it’s because some of the situations resonated with… read review
This film slipped under my radar for a few years (I knew about it, but I neveer got around to watch it). Then, I saw it at Books-A-Million for under seven bucks, and so I picked it up. Probably one… read review