Friday, April 27, 2007

The Squid and the Whale

A social commentary on the family unit, I engaged in a thought provoking Friday night with a independent film, The Squid and the Whale. At base level the title appears childish, and vague, but the movie provides room for greater dissection through it's consistent metaphors to Kaufka's "Metamorphisis" and the frequent references to Pink Floyd's "Hang On."

The characters, the plot, and the quick liners are funny, gut wrenching, and hit you on a visceral level reminding one of times when we perhaps experienced our greatest strength during our greatest pain.

When the two sons are forced to reconcile their relationship with their parents post divorce, they react out in order to assert themselves and their identity. In the final moment, the eldest son meets with the school therapist and is asked to recall one of his favorite memories. Having retailitiated against his mother, he ends up revealing to the therapist that his most authentic moments of happiness were actually with her.

In the end the movie truly shows how impactful language can be, and it's effects on our relationships. Beautiful.

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