Based on Mordecai Richler's prize-winning comic novel, his last and arguably, best-BARNEY'S VERSION is the warm, wise, and witty story of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti), a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life.
The story of the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky, who meets the love of his life at his wedding - and she is not the bride.
Told from Barney’s point of view, the film spans three decades and two continents, taking us through the different “acts” of his unusual history.
There is his first wife, Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), a flame-haired, flagrantly unfaithful free with spirit with whom Barney briefly lives la via de Boheme in Rome. The “Second Mrs. P.” (Minnie Driver), is a wealthy Jewish Princess who shops and talks incessantly, barely noticing that Barney is not listening. And it is at their lavish wedding that Barney meets, and stars pursuing, Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife, the mother of his two children, and his true love. With his father, Izzy (Dustin Hoffman) as his sidekick, Barney takes us through the many highs, and a few too many lows, of his long and colorful life.
Not only does Barney turn out to be a true romantic, he is 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, as its center stand an unlikely hero-the unforgettable Barney Panofsky.
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