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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Coming Out at 16 December 2005 in theaters.

Comedy, Drama

The Squid and the Whale is independent arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in Brooklyn dealing with their parents’ divorce in 1986. The film is named after the giant squid and sperm whale diorama housed at the American Museum of Natural History, which is seen in the film. The film was shot on Super 16mm, mostly using a handheld camera. At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the film won awards for best dramatic direction and screenwriting, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Baumbach later received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film received six Independent Spirit Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. The New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review voted its screenplay the year’s best.

Bernard Berkman is an arrogant, once-promising novelist whose career has gone into a slow decline as he spends more time teaching and less time writing. His unfaithful wife, Joan, has recently begun publishing her own work to widespread acclaim, which only increases the growing tension between them. One day, Bernard and Joan tell their two sons, 16-year-old Walt and 12-year-old Frank, that they are separating, with Bernard renting a house on the other side of Prospect Park from their home in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

As the parents set up a schedule for spending time with their children, Walt and Frank can hardly imagine that things could get more combative between their parents. They do, however, as Joan begins dating Ivan, Frank’s tennis instructor, and Bernard starts sharing his new house with Lili, one of his students. Meanwhile, the two boys begin taking sides in the battle between their parents, with Frank siding with his mother and Walt lashing out at her.

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writer: Noah Baumbach

Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, William Baldwin, David Benger, Anna Paquin

Cast:

Owen KlineFrank Berkman
Jeff DanielsBernard Berkman
Laura LinneyJoan Berkman
Jesse EisenbergWalt Berkman
William BaldwinIvan
David BengerCarl
Anna PaquinLili
Molly BartonGraduate Student
Bo BerkmanGraduate Student
Matthew KaplanGraduate Student
Simon KaplanGraduate Student
Matthew KirschGraduate Student
Daniella MarkowiczGraduate Student
Elizabeth MeriwetherGraduate Student
Ben SchrankGraduate Student
Amy SrebnickGraduate Student
Josh SrebnickGraduate Student
Emma StraubGraduate Student
Alan WilkisGraduate Student
James HamiltonMan with Joan
Adam RoseOtto
Henry GlovinskyLance
Eli GelbJeffrey
Halley FeifferSophie Greenberg
Wayne LawsonTalent Show Judge
Michael SantiagoTalent Show Judge
Juan TorrienteTalent Show Judge
Patricia TowersTalent Show Judge
Peggy GormleyMrs. Greenberg
Peter NewmanMr. Greenberg
Greta KlineGreta Greenberg
Melissa MeyerProfessor
Benjamin SmolenStudent with Puppets
Michael CountrymanMr. Simic
Alexandra DaddarioPretty Girl
Nico BaumbachJeb Gelber
Maryann PlunkettMs. Lemon
Hector OteroHector
Ken LeungSchool Therapist
Jo YangNurse
Jonathan BaumbachMan Outside Ms. Lemon’s Office
Andrew KaempferValet
Britta PhillipsTalent Show Audience Member
Bobby ShueStudent
Dean WarehamTalent Show Audience Member

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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