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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R (for some sexuality and graphic nudity)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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$85,433.00
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Cast

Geoffrey Rush
as Virgil Oldman
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Academy President
Jun Ichikawa
as Woman in Restaurant
Jim Sturgess
as Robert
John Benfield
as Bartender
Dermot Crowley
as Lambert
Julian Curry
as Notary
Adrian McCourt
as Tall Gentleman
Anton Alexander
as Real Estate Agent
Jay Natelle
as London Auction Director
Melanie Gerren
as Gallery Owner #2
Sylvia Hoeks
as Claire
Katherine Wilson
as Merchant #3
Brigitte Christensen
as First Daughter
Gerry Shanahan
as Art Dealer #2
Liya Kebede
as Sarah
Gen Seto
as Housekeeper
Elizabeth Kaye
as Professor
Victoria Chapman
as Shopkeeper Jewelry Store
Miles Richardson
as Steirereck Maitre
Simone Spinazze
as Client London #1
Katie McGovern
as Second Expert
Maximilian Dirr
as Assistente di Virgil
Kiruna Stamell
as Girl in the Bar
Caterina Capodilista
as Young Woman
Klaus Tauber
as Virgil's Assistant #1
Laurence Belgrave
as Virgil's Assistant
Sean Buchanan
as Virgil's Assistant
James Patrick Conway
as Steirereck Manager
Jacqueline Hopkins
as Second Daughter
Ann Rita Davies
as Mrs. Derain
Sylvia DeFanti
as Showroom Owner
Anita Eberwein-Newrkla
as Woman Head Restorer
Wolfram Kremer
as Merchant #1
David Kevin Fells
as Merchant #4
Luke Charles
as Auction Assistant
Alison Adam
as Gallery Owner #1
Marcus J. Cotterel
as Oldman Auction Client #1
Patricia Meglio
as Museum Woman Director
Stefano Scherini
as First Expert
Merlin Ramml
as Young Man in the Bar
Gerhard Haller
as Photographer
Lynn Swanson
as First Woman
Helen Hutchison
as Second Woman
Margherita Pettarin
as First Girl
Diana Pegan
as Second Girl
Shelagh Gallivan
as First Nurse
Tara Elise Schlener
as Second Nurse
Karel Mika
as Waiter Night & Day
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.

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

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

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
Detroit News
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An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush.

January 23, 2014
Seattle Times
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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
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The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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If its destination is patently obvious from the outset, the journey does at least offer scattered pleasures.

Full Review… | January 8, 2014
AV Club
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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

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
Pierluigi Puccini

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