THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
2005, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 81 min, Dir: Noah Baumbach

When writers Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan (Laura Linney) agree to separate, the decision affects their sons most of all. Feeling the need to take sides, 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) both begin acting out in their own ways. The family’s fragile dynamic is further complicated by Bernard's and Joan’s attempts at finding new romance. Sweet and acerbic at once, this tautly written tale about what brings us together and pushes us apart garnered an Oscar nomination for writer-director Baumbach’s screenplay and Golden Globe nominations for Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.


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