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The Squid and the Whale

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Original title
The Squid and the Whale
Year
Running time
88 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Noah Baumbach
Music
Britta Phillips, Dean Wareham
Cinematography
Robert D. Yeoman
Cast
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Producer
Samuel Goldwyn Films [USA]
Genre
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.
Awards
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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