“Barney’s Version” Offers a Few Slices of Life

  I saw Barney’s Version in a theatre last night and liked it. It’s a Canadian movie, which means it’s lucky to be seen by 1% of Canadian movie goers, thanks to the US’s distribution monopoly in North America (just saying), which is too bad, because there are plenty of high calibre Canadian films like “Barney’s Version” that are worth watching.

“Barney’s Version” tells a life story of a Mordecai Richler type character who marries the wrong women before he finally marries the right one. It doesn’t matter that the movie wanders a bit and doesn’t have the strongest narrative arc, Paul Giamatti and then Dustin Hoffman playing the dad are in such good form, as are all the actors, it’s satisfying just to watch all the characters live their lives. “Barney’s Version” isn’t on par with Away From Her, but it’s in the same class.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

3 Replies to ““Barney’s Version” Offers a Few Slices of Life”

  1. I should give it a higher rating. It’s the kind of movie that leaves a lot to talk about a few days later, if you have someone to talk to about movies. Most of the characters are well drawn and their actions are revealing now that I’ve been thinking more about them.

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