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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  3 March 2006 (Turkey)
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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 1980s.

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In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language | See all certifications »

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A Lula e a Baleia  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$43,776 (Brazil) (14 April 2006)

Gross:

£506,477 (UK) (5 May 2006)
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Trivia

Bill Murray was set to star in the main role, but backed out in the last minute because he wanted to take a break after filming Broken Flowers (2005). He was later replaced by Jeff Daniels. See more »

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In the middle of the movie, Walt is waiting on a subway platform. A train goes by, and you can glimpse an American flag on the side of the train. Flags decals weren't put on New York subway trains until after 9/11/2001. See more »

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[first lines]
Frank Berkman: Mom and me versus you and Dad.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Squirt and the Whale (2010) See more »

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Courting Blues
Written and Performed by Bert Jansch
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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depressingly refreshing
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

More acutely than I've experienced in a long time, this film captures the process of personality inheritance within families. The interaction/influence between Bernard and Walt is almost painful to watch at times, but it's completely rich. Beyond just that father/son dynamic, the story is so poignant without ever getting sappy - a true accomplishment for a family drama involving divorce. Nothing hits you over the head. Nothing seems too forced. While there's plenty of confusion, discomfort, and alienation, a sense of love shines through, and I couldn't help but get attached to all of the characters. I recommend this film unconditionally.


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