The Squid and the Whale
In his third feature, director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) scores a triumph with an autobiographical coming-of-age story about a teenager (Jesse Eisenberg) whose parents are divorcing. The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) duke it out in half-civilized, half-savage fashion, while their two sons adapt in different ways, shifting allegiances between parents.
Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Nominated for three awards including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes. Nominated for six awards including Best Feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Winner of a Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Acutely observed, faultlessly acted, graced with piercing emotion and unsparing honesty, it will make you laugh because you can’t bear to cry.” – Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times