Promo Trailers for TRUST Starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, and BARNEY’S VERSION Starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman

     August 2, 2010


Promo trailers for David Schwimmer’s Trust and Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version have popped up online.  Both films will be playing at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 9 – 19th.  Trust is an intense-looking drama about parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) dealing with the rape of their 14-year-old daughter.  The trailer is strong stuff (although it seems to verge away from real emotions at times and pushes a revenge-thriller angle that seems phony), but I think people are going to write it off because Schwimmer’s name is attached.  I wonder if he walks down the street and people shout at him, “Hey, Ross!  What’s going on with you and Rachel!” and he’s forced to answer, “We got together at the end of the show when I forced her to choose between me and her career!  And no, Matt Goldberg did not own all ten seasons of Friends at one point in his life!”  (Schwimmer speaks in half-truths.)

I also dig the trailer for the significantly more lighthearted Barney’s Version starring Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Drive, Rachelle Lefevre, and Dustin Hoffman.  It’s got some good jokes, a fun premise, and it looks like Giamatti and Hoffman have great chemistry.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer and synopsis for each film.

Here’s the official synopsis for Trust:

Safe and sound in their suburban home, Will and Lynn Cameron (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) used to sleep well at night. When their 14-year-old daughter, Annie, made a new friend on-line – a 16-year-old boy named Charlie – Will and Lynn didn’t think much of it. But when Annie and Charlie make a plan to meet what happens in the next twenty-four hours changes the entire family forever. Charlie is really a 40-year-old serial pedophile (Tom McCarthy) and, once Annie’s rape comes to light, it becomes a touchstone event that reverberates through the entire family.

Here’s the official synopsis for Barney’s Version:

From producer Robert Lantos, Barney’s Version is a film based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel. Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney’s candid confessional spans four decades and two continents, and includes three wives (Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre), one outrageous father (Dustin Hoffman) and a charmingly dissolute best friend (Scott Speedman).


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