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WHEN: 8pm [Doors open 7.20pm]

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

BARNEY'S VERSION

Friday 3rd June

On Friday 3rd June Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “Barney’s Version” [Rated M]

Review by Margaret Pomeranz

The adaptation of Mordecai Richler's 1997 novel BARNEY'S VERSION was a project very close to the heart of Canadian producer Robert Lantos. This is about Barney, PAUL GIAMATTI, telling his story, his way. About his first marriage in Rome where he and best mate Boogie, SCOTT SPEEDMAN, live the artist life of ex-pats in 1974. And then there are the years back in Montreal where Barney becomes a successful producer of schlock television and where he meets the Jewish princess, MINNIE DRIVER, who will be his second wife. Unfortunately at his wedding he meets the woman he knows is the love of his life. She's Miriam, ROSAMUND PIKE, with whom his life will have enormous rewards and some terrible downs.

Barney is a chain-smoking, hard-drinking hockey fan. He's capricious, he's not exactly the greatest looking guy, but he has a zest for life that is incomparable and perhaps that's the reason so many women find him attractive. Creating that character has given Giamatti another great role after SIDEWAYS and HARVEY PEKAR and he runs with it, no wonder he won a Golden Globe for this. I thought he was a shoo-in for Best Actor in Venice last year where the film premiered. He's ably matched by ROSAMUND PIKE as Miriam and by DUSTIN HOFFMAN as Barney's father Izzy. The director was Richard J. Lewis who comes from a background in television. For film aficionados there are cameos by a royalty of Canadian directors - Ted Kotcheff, David Cronenberg, Denys Arcand and Atom Egoyan.

I did warm to this film enormously.
Further comments

MARGARET: David.

DAVID: Oh, I did too. I think it's a lovely film and a wonderful character...

MARGARET: Yes.

DAVID: ...as he unfolds his life story, but his version of it from his point of view and it's not just that; Paul Giamatti is really, really good. What a fine actor he is.

MARGARET: Yes.

DAVID: But it's that all the characters around him are so interesting too. Boogie, his three wives and...

MARGARET: Because there is a mystery death in the film too that...

DAVID: There is a mystery death, which sort of adds to the intrigue.

MARGARET: Yes.

DAVID: But I also - I love Dustin Hoffman. As I've always been a big Dustin Hoffman fan and I think he's just lovely as Izzy, the father, and his son, Jake Hoffman, plays the son of the couple in the film, so that's an added sort of bonus. But it's a film which is full of incident. There are some changes from the book. The early scenes in the book were set in Paris. In the film they're set in Rome but it's not - doesn't make a great deal of difference. But it's just a film brimming with life and...

MARGARET: Yes.

DAVID: ...and this kind of wonderfully cynical sort of thing. I love the name of the production company that he's working for, TOTALLY UNNECESSARY FILMS.

MARGARET: Yes, I know. No, it's just exuberant and poignant.

DAVID: Yes, very much so.

MARGARET: And I think Rosamund Pike is just absolutely exquisite.

DAVID: Yes, she's lovely.

MARGARET: Oh, God, she's gorgeous. Four stars from me for this film.

DAVID: And four stars from me too.

[http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/]

Monday, May 2, 2011

MAY MOVIE - Fri May 6, 2011

Sarah's Key

Rated M
SARAH'S KEY is by French director GILLES PAQUET-BRENNER. The original title is ELLE S'APPELAIT SARAH.

Julia, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, an American journalist married to a Frenchman and living with their teenaged daughter in Paris, becomes obsessed with the story of Sarah Starzynski, a Jewish girl who in July 1942, at the age of 10, was rounded by French police and, with her parents, confined with 13,000 others in a sweltering sports arena while waiting to be sent to concentration camps.

Sarah is particularly anguished because when the police came she locked her little brother in a secret cupboard in their apartment - the same apartment that, in 2009, Julia's husband is renovating.

Further comments

DAVID: Margaret, what did you think of this film?

MARGARET: David, do you know it's another one of those films like THE READER that looks at the horrific things that happened in World War II and the fact that those incidences reach beyond the generations to affect contemporary life. You cannot shake off stuff like that in a hurry. They reach down and touch you and this is a film that reminds you of that and I think it's got something very, very nice about it. Kristen Scott Thomas, managing that transition from American to French. She's really a fabulous performer in any language, with an accent.

DAVID: Yes. And the thing that surprised me about it, I expected to be moved on a certain level because the story of the Holocaust, of course, is an incredibly moving story but it moved me on levels I didn't expect in the modern story and I found that very effective. But I must say I have a feeling there's a little person somewhere in an office in Paris who changes the names of French films with really dumb English titles. The original title of this means "Her Name Was Sarah." What's wrong with that for an English title? I know Sarah has a key in the film but, why change it? He'd call CITIZEN KANE "The Man Who Wrote Newspapers" or something. I don't know.

MARGARET: David.

DAVID: So annoying.

MARGARET: All right. Okay. Well, the little man is going to be very wary of you in future. He'll shape up. I'm giving this four stars.

DAVID: I'm giving it four, as well. I liked it very much.