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The Squid and the Whale Details

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Two boys learn the hard way about how a marriage falls apart in this independent comedy drama. Bernard ([[Performer~P16881~Jeff Daniels~jeffdaniels]]) is a novelist whose career has gone into a slow decline as he spends more time teaching and less time writing. His wife, Joan ([[Performer~P42589~Laura Linney~lauralinney]]), meanwhile, has recently begun publishing her own work to widespread acclaim, which only increases the growing tension between them. One day, Bernard and Joan's two sons -- 16-year-old Walt ([[Performer~P311020~Jesse Eisenberg~jesseeisenberg]]) and 12-year-old Frank ([[Performer~P422370~Owen Kline~owenkline]]) -- are told that their parents are separating, with Bernard renting a house on the other side of their Park Slope, Brooklyn, neighborhood. As the parents set up a schedule for spending time with their children, Walt and Jesse can hardly imagine that things could get more combative between their folks, but they do, as Joan begins dating Ivan ([[Performer~P3536~William Baldwin~williambaldwin]]), Frank's tennis instructor, and Bernard starts sharing the house with Lili ([[Performer~P198605~Anna Paquin~annapaquin]]), one of his students. Meanwhile, the two boys begin taking sides in the battle between their parents, with Walt taking after his father and Frank siding with his mom. Based on writer/director [[Performer~P199728~Noah Baumbach~noahbaumbach]]'s own childhood experiences with his parents' divorce, The Squid and the Whale won prizes for writing and direction at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 5, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Online Film Critics Association Owen Kline Breakthrough Performer 2005 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Owen Kline Best Young Actor 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Owen Kline Most Promising Performer 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Jesse Eisenberg Best Young Actor 2005 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jesse Eisenberg Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Jeff Daniels Best Actor - Runner-up 2005 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jeff Daniels Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2005 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jeff Daniels Best Actor 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Jeff Daniels Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
National Board of Review Noah Baumbach Best Original Screenplay 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Noah Baumbach Dramatic Directing Award 2005 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Noah Baumbach Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Noah Baumbach Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Noah Baumbach Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Noah Baumbach Best Director 2005 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Noah Baumbach Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Noah Baumbach Screenwriter of the Year 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Laura Linney Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2005 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Laura Linney Best Actress 2005 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Laura Linney Best Actress 2005 Nominee

Cast

Jeff Daniels
as Bernard Berkman
Laura Linney
as Joan Berkman
Jesse Eisenberg
as Walt Berkman
Owen Kline
as Frank Berkman
William Baldwin
as Ivan
Halley Feiffer
as Sophie
Anna Paquin
as Lili
Ken Leung
as School Counselor

Crew

Noah Baumbach
Director
Wes Anderson
Producer
Peter Newman
Producer
Charlie Corwin
Producer
Clara Markowicz
Producer
Noah Baumbach
Screenwriter
Robert Yeoman
Cinematographer
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Pink Floyd
Featured Music
Britta Phillips
Featured Music
Dean Wareham
Featured Music
Tim Streeto
Editor
Anne Ross
Production Designer
Greg Johnson
Executive Producer
Reverge Anselmo
Executive Producer
Andrew Lauren
Executive Producer
Miranda Bailey
Executive Producer
Amy Westcott
Costume Designer
Allan Byer
Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Aibel
Casting
Lewis Goldstein
Re-Recording Mixer
Lewis Goldstein
Supervising Sound Editor
Jennifer Roth
Co-Executive Producer
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