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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

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David Benger ...
Carl
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Molly Barton ...
Graduate Student
Bo Berkman ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan ...
Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch ...
Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz ...
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Ben Schrank ...
Graduate Student
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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 up 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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Joint Custody Blows.

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

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16 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,938, 14 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,362,100, 19 March 2006
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Trivia

Jeff Daniels was scheduled to film The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004) when The Squid and the Whale (2005) was set to start production. The beard Jeff Daniels has in The Five People You Meet In Heaven, which doesn't necessarily fit his character in that film, is there only because Noah Baumbach insisted Daniels' character in The Squid and the Whale should have had a beard. See more »

Goofs

The shelves of the school library include the 1997 Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara and the "Millennium 2000" World Book encyclopedia. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Berkman: Mom and me versus you and Dad.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include this dedication: "For Mannie". See more »

Connections

References The Wild Child (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Figure 8
Written by Bob Dorough (as Robert Dorough)
Performed by Blossom Dearie
Courtesy of American Broadcasting Music, Inc.
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Although the Title is a bit Cryptic...The Message is Very Clear!
2 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

For dyed in the wool fans of European cinema, The Squid and the Whale, an independent production, Grand Prize winner at the "Sundance" Film Festival, has much more in common with films from the old continent than with those huge budget Hollywood productions. IMDb lists its budget as 1.5 Million, most certainly paltry, especially when compared to the 100 to 200 million dollar behemoths that abound in LA-LA-LAND! So if the European style is to your liking, we guarantee that "Squid" will truly enchant you!

To justify my initial assertion, let's just analyze SQUID for a moment:

A) No CGI effects, No car chases or crashes, and no 100 Decibel Explosions!

B) SQUID is highly character-driven

C) SQUID is very heavy on intense, highly focused dialog

D) SQUID's characters have almost no physical contact, but engage in relentless psychological arm-wrestling!

E) SQUID resorts to NO cinematic gimmicks of any kind, whatsoever!

F) Considering that both Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney appear in SQUID, with its minuscule budget, it cannot be anything other than a TRUE labor of love!

If the above list hits some of your cinematic hot buttons… You really MUST SEE Squid!

If you are unphased…DON'T!!!!!…Simple as that!

....8 STARS! ENJOY!/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!


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