Barney's Version

Barney's Version

DVD - 2011
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This seriocomic adaptation of Mordecai Richler's award-winning 1997 novel stars Paul Giamatti as Barney Panofsky, who meets the great love of his life, Miriam (Rosamund Pike), at the most inopportune time imaginable: his marriage to his second wife (Minnie Driver), a wealthy Jewish princess and compulsive shopper. Narrated by Barney as a confessional, the film covers 30 years of his unusual journey -- from his first marriage to the chronically unfaithful free spirit Clara (Rachelle Lefevre) and their life in Italy together, through his third marriage to Miriam, with whom he has two children. Standing in the wings is Barney's father, Izzy (Dustin Hoffman), who continues to stick by him as his loyal right-hand man. Through it all, Barney experiences numerous highs and lows, but manages to consistently surprise everyone with unforeseen acts of altruism and kindness that turn him into the quintessential modern hero.
Publisher: [United States] : Serendipity Films ; [Canada] : Distributed by Entertainment One, c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 BAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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COURIER3
Sep 17, 2016

Seen this movie on dash board,so i ordered it. I had forgotten that i had checked it out before. I was hooked to watch the entire movie again.
Barney was a mess. Izzy the father was great. You would think the drinking and smoking cigars would have gotten Barney before the Alzheimer's. Izzy had the best way to exit this life. :-)

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jazpur
Aug 28, 2015

How to make a film out of Mordecai Richler's book, Barney's Version? I think generally he would have approved. The cast was very attractive with Minnie Driver as the second Mrs P. and Dustin Hoffman as Barney's father, the Jewish New York cop.Paul Giamatti as Barney was ideal.The screen version would have to tone down the bite and punch of the book but the kinder softer version still has enough of the wit and humour to be very entertaining to watch.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Jun 13, 2015

A very good adaptation of the book (of the same title) by Mordecai Richler.

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ashleysears
Aug 15, 2014

This was an interesting movie, worth a watch.

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kah_chan
Feb 05, 2014

I am surprised that this film didn't get more recognition in the Academy Award. It is funny and full of events during a feature length. After I finish watching it, I feel like there is still more to come like an episode 2 or something.

Pike was absolutely stunning and the Protagonist definitely went all the way out to be his best here.

madison382 Dec 01, 2013

Excellent acting

btmslt Nov 13, 2013

This film is about some sad and troubled individuals trying to make sense of things.

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britprincess1
May 29, 2013

BARNEY'S VERSION was filled with an excellent cast and led by Paul Giamatti in a role that he put on like a sweater and, man, did he wear it well. BARNEY'S VERSION was sold mostly as a funny romantic comedy, but it is actually much more serious than that. It's Canadian and has the Montreal spirit infused within it, and you can tell that Mordecai Richler wrote the source material. I found it fascinating and sorrowful. I really enjoyed it, but if you think it's a funny multi-marriage laugh riot, you're going to be shocked by how different it really is. I'd recommend, but with that warning.

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doeraymee
Mar 11, 2013

depressing

JMGP Aug 15, 2012

The characters in this film are very engaging; however, despite the close bonds between them they have no hope and life seems void of meaning. I walked away from this film with a cloud of gloom over my head.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 19, 2012

Other: Death features prominently in this dramatic movie. A young woman commits suicide; a drunk, drug addled youth drowns; and an old man dies in a prostitutes chambers. There is a fight episode; and the main character smashes his living room in a fit of rage.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 19, 2012

Coarse Language: Some use of the "F" word; and other course language.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 19, 2012

Sexual Content: Three or four brief intercourse scenes; and female nudity.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 19, 2012

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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