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March 22, 2006

The Squid and the Whale - 7

Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, this film is his semi-autobiography about his growing up in Brooklyn and the divorce of his parents. Baumbach co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Wes Anderson (he helped produce this film) and some of the dialogue in this film might resonate with Anderson fans. But that is where the similarities stop. It is an intense look at divorce from the perspective of children. It focuses on how divorce makes it hard for children to know where to look for role models, since there parents don't seem to help them, they are somewhat lost and scared. The title of this film refers to a sculpture in the American Museum of Natural History that helps bring closure and cohesiveness at the end of the film. It is a short film (1hr 20min) both funny and sad.

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