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The Squid and the Whale

Director: Noah Baumbach Run Time: 81 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2005

Starring: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Anna Paquin, William Baldwin

Based on the real life experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother after the separation of their parents in the 1980s, The Squid and The Whale is a piercingly honest portrayal of a family dealing with divorce. Produced by Wes Anderson (no surprise given the deadpan delivery and sensational vocabulary), the film touchingly deals with love, mistakes, family and failure with a sincere sense of humor. Interestingly, the movie is named after the giant squid and sperm whale diorama housed at the American Museum of Natural History.

Director Noah Baumbach was born in Brooklyn and the film was shot nearby in Park Slope.