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The Squid & The Whale


The Squid & The Whale" is Noah Baumbach's third major directorial effort after "Kicking and Screaming " and "Mr. Jealousy". The autobiographical film is about his own parents crumbling relationship, and the effect it had on he and his brother. His father (played in the film by Jeff Daniels) was a college professor and writer who's brilliance was beginning to fade, his achievements dwindling, only surpassed to be those of his wife (Laura Linney), a brilliant writer and critic in her own right who was just beginning to find her voice. In the film, as Baumbach's own life, the two separate, remanding their sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline (son of Kevin Kline & Phoebe Cates)) to joint custody. Meanwhile the father begins an affair with one of his students (Anna Paquin), a girl that his teenage son has been pursuing himself, and the mother takes up with her tennis pro (William Baldwin). "The Squid & The Whale" has been in gestation for a long time. I remember that they were casting for it back in the summer of 2002, when I was in New York City. It was pushed back several times, because of scheduling, and along the way underwent several cast changes, with Bill Murray and John Turturro giving way to Jeff Daniels and William Baldwin. Baumbach's two previous films were seen by a tiny fraction of the population. "Kicking and Screaming" his debut starring Eric Stoltz, Josh Charles, Chris Eigman, and Parker Posey among others was released in art houses in 1995 and was exceedingly well reviewed. However it's mostly forgotten and it's not even availble on dvd(although I was assured last year by Steven Bernstein, the films cinematographer, that it would be coming out soon). His second film "Mr Jealousy" (1997) which agained featured Stoltz and Eigman, received mix reviews, and barely any theatrical release. Luckily, in the meantime Baumbach befriended Wes Anderson who would enlist his help in writing the (dreadful) "Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" and the upcoming adaptation of "The Fantastic Mr. Fox". Anderson serves as producer on this film, and no doubt his post "Tenenbaums" muscle was an asset in getting it made. "The Squid and The Whale" for which Baumbach won the screenwriting and directing prizes at Sundance, will finally be released domestically by Samuel Goldwyn Films on October 7th, 2005.


Posted by Brendan McFadden
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2:15 PM

Is no one but me excited for this film?    



2:18 PM

Correct.
-Chad    



2:44 PM

Why would no one be excited for this film? I don't understand. It got raves at sundance, stars some terrific actors. I mean i realize that no one has seen "Kicking and Screaming" but come on...    



4:06 PM

Prediction: Come October everyone will be talking about this film, and it will end up on at least 2 of your top ten lists.

--Brendan    



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