The Squid and the Whale


In his first true foray to independent cinema, Noah Baumbach delivers a dramatic yet comedic film that shows his immense potential as a Wes Anderson protégé. His colloquial film style (shot mostly with a 16mm handheld camera) achieves a 1980’s vibe that goes well with the storyline, which shows a disintegrating emotional world for two kids and their lost parents. At times, when the director decides to show viewers inside the characters psyche, the film is deeply disturbing, even uncomfortable. But it is precisely what Baumbach wants to transmit and what ultimately distinguishes his film from the direct influences received by Wes Anderson (the color palette, the movie pace), showing a unique style that will later be reflected on his future films.