By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.
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.
On their son Odell's 13the birthday, graphic artist Tom Warszaw finally confesses to his wife why he fled Greenwich Village, NYC at that age to Paris. As a schoolboy, naturally sensitive, considerate Tommy was best buddy with 'adult' half-wit Pappass, father Duncan's Catholic school's assistant janitor. Smothered by his dependent mother, a dumb orderly, Tommy got 'parental advice' from a women's prison inmate. Together with Pappas, he saves up tips from their butchery delivery rounds. One night, Pappas steals the bike they were saving for. Tommy tries to take the blame, but ends up expelled as if the instigator. Even more tragic consequences follow. Written by
I was quite impressed with David Duchovney's writing and directing. The script provides light moments that create laughter along with realistic portrayals of true life incidents which create drama.
But, the primary reason for enjoying the movie was as much Robin Williams' excellent performance as the script. I am so impressed by the talent of Robin Williams, who is noted for making all of us laugh with continuous antics. In "House of D" he not only makes the audience laugh but also cry with his brilliant depiction of a disadvantaged adult.
Whenever a movie, such as "House of D," can create enjoyment by taking the audience through an array of emotions, from anger to joy through drama and comedy I rate the movie a 10.
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