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Monday, August 27, 2012

Barney's Version by Richard J. Lewis, 2010 (R)

for once I am putting two posters, because one pays homage to the traditional movie poster of the beginning of the century, and I really like it :) The other one is just the other one, the official.

with Paul Giamatti (Duplicity), Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice, Surrogates, An Education), Paul Gross, Minnie Driver (Sleepers), Scott Speedman (The Vow, Adoration), Dustin Hoffman (Kramer Vs. Kramer, Tootsie), Jake Hoffman, Mark Addy, Saul Rubinek, Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight Series), Bruce Greenwood (Deja Vu)

Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti stars as Barney Panofsky, a Jewish Canadian television producer who reflects in flashbacks on three strange decades -- and three wives -- in this adaptation of Mordecai Richler's acclaimed novel. There's Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), a free-spirited proponent of free love; "Mrs. P" (Minnie Driver), a self-centered princess; and Miriam (Rosamund Pike), the right woman who comes along at the wrong time.

It is an unexpected movie. First you believe it is about a murder, of his best friend. Then you believe this is about finding no evidence of the murder, thinking at some point of his life, it will come back to him. And then, it evolves into a love story, then the story of humans, imperfect, living a life that had mistakes, trying to fix them, to go one. And finally it is about aging, looking at life again, remembering, forgetting, remembering still, the essential. Paul Giamatti made me cry. And it was not an easy thing to achieve, since he is so far from the romantic guy, so uncharming, so not likable. It leaves you perplex the fact that the story shows him at the center of an amazing life. Perhaps to show you how much he had to loose. Or perhaps how much the other had to loose by not looking beyond the appearance. Perhaps this is why it takes such a long time to understand why a woman like Miriam (amazing Rosamund Pike) falls for him. The movie is dynamic, with dark humor and loud, with a humanity that reminds me I know nothing about Canadian humor, but I am ready to learn!

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