, the long-gestated screen adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s 1997 novel, succeeds at reproducing its author’s tone as well as prior Richler cinematizations. Fans will have no problem instantly identifying Richler’s voice -- that of a Montreal native unafraid to make wickedly barbed and satirical, yet deeply affectionate, observations about the Canadian Jewish subculture in which he was raised, and the world as a whole. The success of the film shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the fact that maverick Canadian producer Robert Lantos -- the individual also responsible for the outstanding Joshua Then and Now
-- engineered the production. Lik...