Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Directing Award, a tender, funny, and ultimately moving coming-of-age story, starring Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.
Set in Brooklyn in 1986, The Squid and the Whale captures with extraordinary immediacy the inner workings of the Berkman family. Bernard (Jeff Daniels), a once successful novelist, and his wife Joan (Laura Linney), an up-and-coming writer, have given up on their marriage. Their two sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg), 16, and Frank (Owen Kline), 12, are left to grapple with their confusing and conflicted feelings.
The experience is a tender, funny, and ultimately moving coming-of-age for Walt and a torturously premature one for Frank. The emotional tensions and strains that emerge during this difficult period for the Berkmans are given a remarkably subtle and nuanced portrayal. This is a film that deftly presents the realities of a family in transition learning to redefine itself.
In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script format, this book includes the award-winning screenplay, an introduction by writer/director Noah Baumbach, Q&A, scene notes, movie stills, and complete cast and crew credits.
"A perceptive and unexpectedly moving portrait of lives in crisis that should help introduce the giften Baumbach to a wider audience....Superbly cast, The Squid and the Whale is a feast of inspired performances...[and] demonstrates [Baumbach]'s razor-sharp character insights and his feel for life's absurd, unpredictable rhythms." Variety
"A rich exploration of the effects of divorce on an upper-middle class, academic family, The Squid and the Whale is an astutely written and directed effort...Baumbach imbues his onscreen work with a unique vision." Boxoffice Magazine
Exclusive to this Newmarket Shooting Script®
book are the film'saward-winning screenplay by writer/director Noah Baumbach, atouching introduction by Wes Anderson, a fascinating Q&A coveringBaumbach's career, plus illuminating scene notes describingcertain choices that were made to craft the final film, a specialcolor photo section, and the complete cast and crew credits.
Set in Brooklyn in 1986, The Squid and the Whale captureswith extraordinary immediacy the inner workings of the Berkmanfamily. Bernard (Jeff Daniels), a once successful novelist, and hiswife Joan (Laura Linney), an up-and-coming writer, have given upon their marriage.Their two sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg), 16, andFrank (Owen Kline), 12, are left to grapple with their confusingand conflicted feelings.The experience is a tender, funny, and ultimatelymoving coming-of-age for Walt and a tortuously prematureone for Frank.The emotional tensions and strains that emergeduring this difficult period for the Berkmans are given a remarkablysubtle and nuanced portrayal.
About the Author
Noah Baumbach was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote and directed the films Kicking and Screaming(1995) and Mr. Jealousy (1997). He also co-wrote The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) and the upcoming The Fantastic Mr. Fox from a novel by Roald Dahl with Wes Anderson. He is a contributor to the New Yorker's "Shouts and Murmurs" department.