Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Squid and the Whale - N. Baumbach (2005)

In between football-games - which, I must stress, I do not myself watch - I managed to squeeze in this low-key masterpiece! 

Ever excellent Laura Linney but also equally excellent Jeff Daniels and Jesse Eisenberg (plus very young - though excellent! - Owen Kline) form the intellectual Brooklyn nuclear family of 1986, surrounded by discreet but significant time-markers, whose divorce goes somewhat sour. A profoundly miserable bunch of people, helmed by Bridges's dickhead dad.

All the more gut-wrenching as it smelled strongly of autobiography - confirmed by various articles, yet to what extent of course nobody knows but the Baumbachs.


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