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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) IFC

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Cast

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 #1
Laurence Belgrave
as Virgil's Assistant
Sean Buchanan
as Virgil's Assistant
John Benfield
as Bartender
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-Newrkla
as Woman Head Restorer
Victoria Chapman
as Shopkeeper Jewelry Store
Wolfram Kremer
as Merchant #1
Gerry Shanahan
as Art Dealer #2
Katherine Wilson
as Merchant #3
David Kevin Fells
as Merchant #4
Jay Natelle
as London Auction Director
Luke Charles
as Auction Assistant
Alison Adam
as Gallery Owner #1
Melanie Gerren
as Gallery Owner #2
Marcus J. Cotterel
as Oldman Auction Client #1
Adrian McCourt
as Tall Gentleman
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Academy President
Patricia Meglio
as Museum Woman Director
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 Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Best Offer

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

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.

January 30, 2014 | Full Review…

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

January 24, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

January 23, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

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

January 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

January 9, 2014 | Full Review…

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

January 9, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Best Offer

With an appalling lack of subtlety, awful dialogue and badly-constructed characters (the protagonist's actions and motivations are puzzling from beginning to end), it seems like this corny little romance full of clichés and predictable twists is making a huge effort to be bad.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This could have been a great movie, but it has one too many unnecessary and off-key scenes and far too many on-the-nose components. Rush's character, Virgil Oldman, is an interesting character study, and of course, Rush delivers. Too bad this character is placed in a weird scenario as a reluctantly lascivious old man (hahah get it). The original premise has a classic fairytale feel, but is squandered on wish fulfillment sequences. The supporting characters are totally one dimensional and exist to push the boring plot, give space for Rush's character to voice his thoughts, or lay down some heavy-handed metaphors. The production design is the highlight of this film. There are many scenes that could produce an audible 'wow". If you want something light and pointless but visually engaging, this is a good flick to have on in the background while you get slammed or web surf.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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