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The squid and the whale - Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Noah Baumbach

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Joint custody blows.

Set in Brooklyn in 1986, The Squid and the Whale captures with extraordinary immediacy the inner workings of the Berkmans. Bernard (Jeff Daniels), a once successful novelist and Joan (Laura Linney), have given up on their marriage, leaving their two sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg), 16, and Frank (Owen Kline), 12, to grapple with what has become of the family.

The film is a tender, funny, excruciating, perilous and ultimately moving coming-of-age for Walt and a tortuously premature one for Frank. The emotional tensions and strains that emerge during this difficult period for the Berkman family are given a subtle and nuanced portrayal. This is a film that deftly presents the realities of a family in transition learning to redefine itself.

Based on the childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama family father son mother separation marriage biography

Persons of interest

  • Jeff Daniels .... Bernard Berkman
  • Laura Linney .... Joan Berkman
  • Jesse Eisenberg .... Walt Berkman
  • Owen Kline .... Frank Berkman
  • Halley Feiffer .... Sophie
  • Billy Baldwin .... Ivan
  • Alexandra Daddario .... Kate Roach
  • Eli Gelb .... Jeffrey
  • Henry Glovinsky .... Lance
  • Anna Paquin .... Lili
  • Adam Rose .... Otto
  • Benjamin Smolen .... Tony
  • Jo Yang .... Nurse
  • Noah Baumbach .... Screenwriter
  • Noah Baumbach .... Director

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Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sexual references, strong coarse language)

Surveillance time

77 minutes (1:17 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 13 April 2006

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