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The Best Offer (2014)



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Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. He's never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend - a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era. The day he turns sixty-three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when the time comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear, nor, for various reasons, is she present for the taking of the inventory or for the transportation and restoration of the pieces. More than once Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be nothing but a bothersome mess, but on each occasion, the mysterious young woman, locked in her own obsessional world, convinces him to continue. And with this, the old antique dealer's life begins to take an unexpected turn. It is Robert who shows him, step-by-step, how to win the heart of a young woman who is afraid of the world and, caught in the middle of this puzzling game of chess, Virgil soon finds himself enveloped by a passion that will transform his grey existence forever. (C) IFCmore
Rating: R (for some sexuality and graphic nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Giuseppe Tornatore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2014
Box Office: $85.4k
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Geoffrey Rush
as Virgil Oldman
Maximilian Dirr
as Assistente di Virgil
Kiruna Stamell
as Girl in the Bar
Gen Seto
as Housekeeper
Klaus Tauber
as Virgil's Assistant #...
Laurence Belgrave
as Virgil's Assistant #...
Sean Buchanan
as Virgil's Assistant #...
Miles Richardson
as Steirereck Maitre
James Patrick Conway
as Steirereck Manager
Brigitte Christensen
as First Daughter
Jacqueline Hopkins
as Second Daughter
Ann Rita Davies
as Mrs. Derain
Sylvia DeFanti
as Showroom Owner
Anita Eberwein-Newrk...
as Woman Head Restorer
Victoria Chapman
as Shopkeeper Jewelry S...
Wolfram Kremer
as Merchant #1
Gerry Shanahan
as Merchant #2
Katherine Wilson
as Merchant #3
David Kevin Fells
as Merchant #4
Jay Natelle
as London Auction Direc...
Luke Charles
as Auction Assistant
Alison Adam
as Gallery Owner #1
Melanie Gerren
as Gallery Owner #2
Marcus J. Cotterel
as Oldman Auction Clien...
Adrian McCourt
as Tall Gentleman
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Academy President
Patricia Meglio
as Museum Woman Directo...
Stefano Scherini
as First Expert
Katie McGovern
as Second Expert
Merlin Ramml
as Young Man in the Bar
Elizabeth Kaye
as Professor
Gerhard Haller
as Photographer
Jun Ichikawa
as Woman in Restaurant
Lynn Swanson
as First Woman
Helen Hutchison
as Second Woman
Diana Pegan
as Second Girl
Shelagh Gallivan
as First Nurse
Tara Elise Schlener
as Second Nurse
Anton Alexander
as Real Estate Agent
Karel Mika
as Waiter Night & Day
Simone Spinazze
as Client London #1
Elizabeth Kalton
as Client London #2
Diana Hobel
as Client London #3
Rajeev Luigi Badhan
as London Virgil Assist...
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Critic Reviews for The Best Offer

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

The movie's an eyeful, though, thanks to the intricate production design and many artworks on display; it's also an earful, thanks to Ennio Morricone's fittingly lush score.

Full Review… | January 30, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"The Best Offer" is at its best when it's decidedly weird.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush.

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore... designs beautiful sets around Virgil, who holds the screen in nearly every shot.

Full Review… | January 17, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If its destination is patently obvious from the outset, the journey does at least offer scattered pleasures.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Best Offer

A film rich in symbolism and meaning, with a superb performance by Geoffrey Rush. Better than average cinematography and a twist that keeps you thinking and considering the message long after the film has ended. (Tell me the statute Rush hides behind isn't a brilliant allegory for the entire film! Brilliant!) The music gets high marks as well. Highly recommended -- even if you're only looking for a good caper movie.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Tornatore tried to channel Hitchcock's "Marnie" in "La Sconosciuta", here he does the same with "Vertigo" in mind (Laura and The Portrait of Jennie are other tales of doomed love that he seems to address), Considerably less emotionally resonant than those other titles, this one is a sleek and enjoyable gothic romance/giallo that ,unluckily, feels too telegraphed and soon falls in the now trite twist and turns of almost every heist/scam films. A forgery, but a very beautiful one.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


In "The Best Offer," Virgil Oldman(Geoffrey Rush) owns a pretigious auction house with a side business that he runs with his friend Billy(Donald Sutherland) in coveting some of the paintings that come his way. Virgil's latest commission involves the settling of the estate of Claire(Sylvia Hoeks) whose parents have just died. While at her decaying mansion, he spots some gears which he brings to his other friend Robert(Jim Sturgess), a mechanic, before discovering a link to a far richer treasure than he could have originally imagined.

The best thing you could probably say about "The Best Offer" is that it is a near miss. Well, not really, as it on one hand serves as a fine character portrait of somebody whose aiming for perfection borders on extreme fastidiousness.(To be honest, I have to like any character in this day and age who does not own a cell phone.) While otherwise confident, he cannot look a woman in the eye, probably caused by being raised by nuns. All of which is aided by an excellent performance from Geoffrey Rush.

But plot and story not so much. Everything plays out pretty much as expected with few surprises. And then still manages to make little or no sense, starting with the fact that somebody as busy and important as Virgil would not waste that much of his personal time with such a difficult client as Claire. That's even before the gears put in an appearance. That just goes to show you that while we can appreciate the precision of a clock, the same should not hold true for any art form, especially movies.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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