THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
DIRECTOR: NOAH BAUMBACH
CAST: JESSE EISENBERG, OWEN KLINE, JEFF DANIELS, LAURA LINNEY
Noah Baumbach in person
Baumbach returned after a hiatus of some years and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay with this heartbreaking story of a family coming apart set in 1980s Brooklyn. The film follows two brothers (including a young Jesse Eisenberg) left to figure out their way through the tangled divorce of their parents (Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, peerless). Baumbach achieves a livewire act, balancing a flurry of quick-hitting emotions that are lovingly wrought and breathtakingly funny.