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Barney's Version

2011-04-08 11:43
What it's about:

The warm, wise, and witty story of Barney Panofsky, a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. A candid confessional, told from Barney's point of view, the film spans four decades and two continents, taking us through the different 'acts' of his unusual history. There's his first wife, Clara, a flame-haired, flagrantly unfaithful free sprit with whom Barney briefly lives la vie de Boheme in Rome. The "Second Mrs. P."' is a wealthy Jewish princess who shops and talks incessantly, barely noticing that Barney is'nt listening. And it is at their lavish wedding that Barney meets, and starts pursuing, Miriam, who will be his third wife, the mother of his two children, and his true love.

With his father, Izzy as his sidekick, Barney takes us through the many highs, and a few lows, of his long and colourful life. Not only does Barney turn out to be a true romantic, he's also capable of all kinds of sneaky acts of gallantry, generosity, and goodness when we and he least expect it. His is a gloriously full life, played out on a grand scale. And, at its center, stands an unlikely hero: The unforgettable Barney Panofsky.

What the critics thought:

"Barney's Version is a smart, well-acted two hours at the art house, full of witty observations and fellow feeling. But, really, it has no business being a movie."
-Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Yes, it's well acted and frequently touching. But it's the thoughtful, tasteful indie-film version. It's not exactly Barney's version."
- Dan Kois, Washington Post

"Barney's Version is worth seeing for Giamatti's boisterous yet nuanced portrayal and the energetic but wry performance from Hoffman."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today

First, he got married. Then, he got married again. Then, he met the love of his life.

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