The Squid and the Whale
When I first heard about the movie, The Squid and the Whale, I was hooked right away just with the title. Then I learned that it is about a divorcing couple and there are two sons involved. Now that’s a movie I want to see. I was a product of a broken home and there was also a time when I thought of separating from my partner but just the thought of all the hassle of splitting our properties and the days we have to spend with our children caused me undue stress. But at the end of the day it was really the kids I was concerned about because I didn’t want them to go through what I did when my parents separated. And just that drove me to work on my marriage harder.
The Squid and the Whale is a very interesting film. The story begins as the husband (Jeff Daniels) and wife (Laura Linney) are on the verge of separating. It is told from the point of view of the children. They see the classic signs — their parents always fighting and the dad sleeping on the couch. And then one night they have a family meeting. The parents explain to them that they are separating and having a joint custody and how they are going to split the days of the week between the two sons. It’s funny how they thought that they have arranged how to split everything until the youngest son asks, “What about the cat?” Oh yeah, they forgot about the cat.
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