The Squid and the Whale
2005
****½
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Anna Paquin

An excellent dark comedy about a family break-up, set in Bronx in 1986. The father is a pretentious and self-absorbed writer/teacher who hasn’t had anything published in years, while the unfaithful mother has just had her first story appear in the New Yorker. The two teenage boys take sides and go through their own respective crises. Writing is wonderfully subtle and poignant, and while the performances are all first rate, Jeff Daniels is a particular standout.