• Publication date: June 1, 2011

Can two boys survive their parent�s divorce? The Squid and the Whale: A tale of separation

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

In 1986, in Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed of university professor Bernard and prominent writer Joan splits.

Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent man 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, teenagers Walt and Frank, feel the strain of the separation and are forced to pick a side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected by their parent�s abnormal behaviors.

Frank drinks booze and smears sperm on the books in the library while a messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was one 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.

Can these two boys survive their parent�s divorce?

This movie is rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language.

Year: 2005

Runtime: 81 mins

Genre: Comedy

Starring:

Owen Kline

Jeff Daniels

Laura Linney

Jesse Eisenberg

William Baldwin

Directed by: Noah Baumbach