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The Squid and the Whale

Year: 2006
Production Co: American Empirical Pictures
Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, William Baldwin, Anna Paquin
Another eclectic salvo from the Wes Anderson stable, writer/director Noah Baumbach crafts a semi-autobiographical love letter to Brooklyn literary types of the mid eighties.

It's a portrait of an exploding marriage, of people who - in Baumbach's words - can be extremely analytical about everyone and everything else but can't handle their own emotional shortcomings. When slowly failing writer Bernard (Daniels) and his rising literary star wife Joan (Linney) divorce, their kids become weapons in the ensuing emotional war.

Well done but not terribly interesting, just another small, quirky 'New York' movie.

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