The Squid and the Whale

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Nick Hern Books, Limited, 2006 - Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) - 133 pages
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Set in Brooklyn in 1986, The Squid and the Whale captures with extraordinary immediacy the inner workings of the Berkman family. Bernard (Jeff Daniels), a once successful novelist, and his wife Joan (Laura Linney), an up-and-coming writer, have given up on their marriage. Their two sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg), 16, and Frank (Owen Kline), 12, are left to grapple with their confusing and conflicted feelings. The emotional tensions and strains that emerge during this difficult period for the Berkmans are given an unusually subtle and nuanced portrayal, producing scenes that are both anguished and hilarious to watch. This is a film that deftly presents the realities of a family in transition learning to redefine itself.

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User Review  - EnriqueFreeque - LibraryThing

A fun movie for those out there in since both the mother and father of this satiric true tale are published authors and their oldest son is a song lyric plagiarizer. The husband, played by ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Noah Baumbach (Writer/Director)was born and raised in Brooklyn, NewYork. He wrote and directed the filmsKicking and Screaming (1995) and Mr.Jealousy (1998). He also co-wrote TheLife Aquatic with SteveZissou (2004) and theupcoming The FantasticMr. Fox with WesAnderson. He is acontributor to TheNew Yorker magazine's"Shouts & Murmurs"department.

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