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.
Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.
Peggy is single, childless, in her 40s, a lonely executive assistant in a friendly office. Her dog Pencil is the love of her life, and when he dies after eating some sort of toxin, Peggy's life spins out of her control: a friendly neighbor invites her for dinner; a friendly staff member at her vet's calls with an abused dog he recommends she adopt - she does, and also finds herself attracted to this fellow. She becomes a vegan, supports animal-rights causes, and embroils her brother's young children in these concerns. Saving dogs and other animals become such a passion that her mental health and her job may be in danger. Are regaining control and finding love beyond her reach? Written by
I like animals, I don't LOVE them. I don't even have a pet. However, that's not what this movie is about. Although many people will go expecting to see an animal lover's film or a hilarious comedy. The movie itself is not some screwball romantic comedy. And it certainly is NOT an animal rights propaganda film.
This is simply the story of woman who is like an animal that has been kept in a cage it's entire life and then, one day, was released into society. The uncertainty is so overwhelming that she reacts in irrational ways, "crazy" you might say. Genetically enhanced pigs are like this - they have panic attacks when released from their cages and a larger piece of the world becomes available. Peggy takes small, hesitant steps and slowly builds a life for herself that SHE wants, that makes her happy, where she can feel respected rather than relegated to the role of a mirror for the people around her. It took the death of a dog for her to realize that she was in an emotional cage.
Molly Shannon is truly perfection in this film. She's a joy and a study in wonderfully subtle film acting. Most won't see this compliment in her performance, but I noticed.
If you enjoy movies which make you think, than this is for you. If you want to see mindless, bubble gum entertainment (there's nothing wrong with that...sometimes) than stay away from this film. You just won't understand it.
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