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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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

Director:

Noah Baumbach

Writer:

Noah Baumbach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Kline ... Frank Berkman
Jeff Daniels ... Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney ... Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg ... Walt Berkman
William Baldwin ... Ivan
David Benger ... Carl
Anna Paquin ... Lili
Molly Barton Molly Barton ... Graduate Student
Bo Berkman Bo Berkman ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan Matthew Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan Simon Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch Matthew Kirsch ... Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz Daniella Markowicz ... Graduate Student
Elizabeth Meriwether ... Graduate Student
Ben Schrank Ben Schrank ... Graduate Student
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Joint Custody Blows.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In the scene where school official Ms. Lemon discusses Frank's behavior with Bernard & Joan, director Noah Baumbach's father, Jonathan Baumbach, can be seen through the glass window behind her. See more »

Goofs

The NYC subway cars shown throughout the film were introduced in the late '90s. The NYC subway cars of 1986 would be coated with graffiti both inside and out. See more »

Quotes

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

References The Wild Child (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart Like a Wheel
Written by Anna McGarrigle
Performed by Kate McGarrigle & Anna McGarrigle
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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depressingly refreshing
8 November 2005 | by gdsoulSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Squid and the Whale See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,844, 9 October 2005

Gross USA:

$7,372,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,098,131
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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