The Squid and the Whale - (2005) - Netflix

1h21m - Comedies

This insightful drama looks at the crumbling marriage between a self-centered novelist -- whose career is waning -- and his up-and-coming writer wife.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Halley Feiffer, Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Adam Rose, Anna Paquin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ken Leung, William Baldwin, David Benger, Laura Linney
Netflix Rating:
3.4/5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0/100
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Available Since: 2017-09-01
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Synopsis In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept 'philistines' - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with 'philistines'. Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song 'Hey You' in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili.

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