Sunday, 14 November 2010
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Runtime: 81 min
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367089/
Director: Noah Baumbach
Owen Kline ... Frank Berkman
Jeff Daniels ... Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney ... Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg ... Walt Berkman
William Baldwin ... Ivan
David Benger ... Carl
Anna Paquin ... Lili
Molly Barton ... Graduate Student
Bo Berkman ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch ... Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz ... Graduate Student
Elizabeth Meriwether ... Graduate Student
Ben Schrank ... Graduate Student
Description: "The Squid and the Whale is ceaselessly original, eccentric, and funny.
Noah Baumbach's account of a dysfunctional family, in particular the effects of joint custody on two brothers, is so weird, you just know it's not the kind of stuff you could ever make up. And indeed, The Squid and the Whale is Baumbach's autobiography of a, to say the least, awkward, adolescence.
Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels are just brilliant as the newly separated couple, Joan and Bernard, parents of Frank (Owen Kline -- yes, Kevin's son), the youngest boy, and teenager Walt (Jesse Eisenberg). Joan and Bernard compete as parents, and professional writers, and their kids take sides -- Owen gravitating toward his mother, a rising star author,while Walt gallantly defends his father, a formerly successful writer who can't get anything published.
If nothing seems too remarkeable about this broken home slice of life, well, I wouldn't make any judgements too quick, because The Squid and the Whale is delightfully unpredictable and unexpected, with a really unique sense of humor, about some very biting realities nonetheless.
In the end, it's Walt's story -- he struggles to find his own, personal rhythm in life, doing impressions of the father he idolizes, without even realizing it. And Frank acts out in an increasingly odd, though strangely self-assured fashion, taking up a pretty substantial drinking habit and leaving his mark around the school (you'll just have to watch the film to find out what I mean by that last part...).
The comedy largely arises from the often, I want to say, nutty, behaviors and conversations of the characters -- a mother who isn't a fan of discretion when telling her sons about her personal life and doesn't seem to have an ounce of interest in their father, the man she married (perhaps too hastily), a father who's as self-absorbed as he is unaware of the fact that he's self-absorbed, and their two confused boys who must cope with living in their two different worlds,
The Squid and the Whale is such a wild, novel approach to its sensitive subject matter and the pitch-perfect performances, from each cast member (of special note are the inspired performances by both its youngest stars), make it impossible to not take a long, good look at it and ponder its total originality." (Laura Kyle on efilmcritic.com)
Indsendt af Queensescort kl. 04:22