The Squid and the Whale | 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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Main Plot

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Characters

  • Owen Kline's character in The Squid and the Whale is a pivotal figure, representing the struggles of a broken family.
  • Jeff Daniels' character in The Squid and the Whale is a self-absorbed and selfish father who causes turmoil within his family.
  • Laura Linney's character, Joan Berkman, plays a pivotal role as a mother, navigating the complexities of divorce and its impact on her family.

Ending

In the ending of "The Squid and the Whale," Walt and Frank's parents, Bernard and Joan, finalize their divorce. Walt performs a song at a school talent show, where he sees his father watching him proudly. Frank, however, chooses to stay with his mother and seems content. The film ends with Walt and Frank playing a game of tennis, symbolizing their newfound independence and the uncertain yet hopeful future ahead.

Noah Baumbach