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The Squid and the Whale

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Original title
The Squid and the Whale
Running time
88 min.
United States United States
Noah Baumbach
Britta Phillips, Dean Wareham
Robert D. Yeoman
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Samuel Goldwyn Films [USA]
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Family Relationships. Independent Film (US)
Synopsis / Plot
Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1986. When Walt Berkman, an impressionable 16-year-old, passes off the Pink Floyd song "Hey You" as his original work and performs it at a high school talent show, he's perfectly content with his rationale. "I felt I could have written it so the fact that it was already written was kind of a technicality." At the same time, his 12-year-old brother Frank drinks beer and wonders openly about his mother's sex life. Both are simply reacting to the fall-out from the bomb dropped on their comfortable family life when their parents, Bernard--a once promising author and now middle-aged academic and Joan--a burgeoning writer with a book deal--announce that they are splitting up. The familiar, steady foundation is shaken. Walt and Frank are relegated to alternating weekends and a jumbled calendar of Mom or Dad nights. The kids are left to grapple with the confusing and conflicted feelings that arise from the sudden collapse of their parents' marriage.
2005: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Screenplay
2005: 3 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Movie, Actor Comedy or Musical, Actress
2005: Sundance: Best Director (Noah Baumbach), Screenwriting Award (Noah Baumbach)
2005: National Board of Review: Best Screenplay
2005: Film Critics Circle of New York: Best Screenplay
2005: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay
2005: Toronto Film Festival: 2 Awards: Best Actress, Best Screenplay
2005: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2005: 3 Nominations Critics' Choice Awards: Best Young Actor (Eisenberg & Kline), Writer
2005: Independent Spirit Awards: 6 Nominations including Best Film
2005: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
2005: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nom. for Most Promising Performer (Kline)
Critics' reviews
  • "A remarkable film! (...) Incisive, heartfel and painfully funny"
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