The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale

Director: Noah Baumbach Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg
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The Squid and the Whale

Two boys learn the hard way about how a marriage falls apart in this independent comedy drama. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a novelist whose career has gone into a slow decline as he spends more time teaching and less time writing. His wife, Joan (Laura Linney), 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 (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) -- 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 (William Baldwin), Frank's tennis instructor, and Bernard starts sharing the house with Lili (Anna Paquin), 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 Noah Baumbach'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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2006
UPC: 0043396134942
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:21:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director commentary; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Interview with director Noah Baumbacha and writer Phillip Lopate; Collectible Insert

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Noah Baumbach Director,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Wes Anderson Producer
Reverge Anselmo Executive Producer
Miranda Bailey Executive Producer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Charlie Corwin Producer
Greg Johnson Executive Producer
Andrew Lauren Executive Producer
Clara Markowicz Producer
Peter Newman Producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Anne Ross Production Designer
Tim Streeto Editor
Amy Westcott Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Squid and the Whale
1. Start [:00]
2. Family Conference [:00]
3. Joint Custody Blows [:00]
4. Tennis Lesson [:00]
5. "We Have the Same Bone Structure" [:00]
6. Lili Moves In [:00]
7. "It's Still My Night!" [:00]
8. "I'm Your Teacher" [:00]
9. Talent Show [:00]
10. "He Made His Own Interpretation" [:00]
11. The Cat Escapes [:00]
12. "The Man in That Room..." [:00]

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