The Squid and the Whale [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2005]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Audition footage
  • Behind "The Squid and the Whale," a 2005 documentary featuring on-set footage and cast interviews
  • Director-Approved Blu-ray Special Edition Features
  • New conversation about the score and other music in the film between Baumbach and Composers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips
  • New interviews with Baumbach and actors Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, and Laura Linney
  • New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Cinematographer Robert Yeoman and Director Noah Baumbach, with 5.1 surroud DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and a 2005 interview of Baumbach by novelist Jonathan Lethem
  • Trailers

Synopsis

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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jeff Daniels
    Jeff Daniels - Bernard Berkman
  • Laura Linney
    Laura Linney - Joan Berkman
  • Jesse Eisenberg
    Jesse Eisenberg - Walt Berkman
  • Owen Kline
    Owen Kline - Frank Berkman
  • William Baldwin
    William Baldwin - Ivan
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