Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Squid and the Whale

Small independent film from Noah Baumbach, who previously wrote the screenplay for some Wes Anderson movies, this is a reminder that the cinema exists to tell us stories and that there's nothing more interesting than common people with common lives and common dreams. Taking place in Brooklyn during the 1980's and showing us the family consequences of a divorce, especially the effects it can have on two teenage sons, this movie is full of irony and small details with big meanings. And then there's the brilliant last scene, proving that you can say so much with so little. As one of the characters says after passing off a Pink Floyd song as his original work and performing it at a high school talent show: "I felt I could have written it so the fact that it was already written was kind of a technicality".


PG said...

Yes! It's wonderful.

I saw it, and i became astonished with the simplicity and the quality of it.


Random types said...

So simple and effective, right? :)