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The Squid and the Whale (2005) | Details

Plot Summary

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili.

Release Date

USA
(sundance film festival)
2005-01-24
Canada
(toronto international film festival)
2005-09-13
USA
(new york film festival)
2005-09-26
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Also Known As (A.K.A.)

The Squid and the Whale
(Original title)
Historias de familia
Argentina
The Squid and the Whale
Australia
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Certification

Argentina
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16
Australia
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MA15+
Brazil
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14
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Sensitive content guide

Sex & Nudity

Moderate

Violence & Gore

Mild

Profanity

Severe

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Mild

Frightening & Intense Scenes

Mild

Awards

Golden Globes, USA (2006)
Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Academy Awards, USA (2006)
Nominated
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
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