Director Noah Baumbach deconstructs a flawed family in ‘Margot at the Wedding’

 

There is one scene in Noah Baumbach’s new film, “Margot at the Wedding,” that arose directly from the journalistic reaction to his previous film, “The Squid and the Whale.” Margot, a fiction writer in the throes of a personal crisis, is at a bookstore appearance, which goes quickly awry when her interviewer presses her on the connections between her life and her work. He brings up a story of hers that concerns an abusive patriarch. She immediately begins to defend her father. He interrupts: What he meant to ask was whether she had based that monstrous figure on herself.

“I wrote that scene in response to the interviews I did when ‘Squid’ came out,” Mr. Baumbach said over coffee recently at the Chateau Marmont hotel here in West Hollywood. (He and his wife, the actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, live mostly in New York but were spending a few weeks at their Los Angeles home while their Manhattan apartment was being renovated.) “I was having fun with what people assume when they think something is autobiographical.”

(Source: New York Times)


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