Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Squid and the Whale (2005) : review: 10/10

A New York couple, both writers and fundamentally selfish, divorce: they have two boys. The film is a blow by blow account of the separation, as the younger boy stays with his mother and the elder goes with his father.  The elder carries forward the resentment and hostility of the father, whose behaviour is often childish and hostile.

The boys evolving sexual attitudes are described as they each find love objects: the attiude of the elder coloured by resentments towards his mother. The father finds a much younger girlfriend, and the mother comences an affair with the family tennis coach: ergo, further complicatons.

Excellently acted, well paced, painful and credible, with a black comic edge that keeps it entertaining.

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