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The Best Offer (2013)

La migliore offerta (original title)
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A lonely art expert working for a mysterious and reclusive heiress finds not only her art worth examining.



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25 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Girl in the Bar
Caterina Capodilista ...
Young Woman
Gen Seto ...
Klaus Tauber ...
Virgil's Assistant #1
Virgil's Assistant #2
Virgil's Assistant #3
Virgil's Assistant #4


In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings. Written by Nebzyl

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some forgeries are worth the ultimate price. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Best Offer  »


Box Office


€13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,909,972 (Italy), 6 January 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,595, 3 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,433, 9 March 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,255,873, 18 January 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Certificate in Luxembourg: 6. See more »


At the restaurant which is supposed to be extremely high-end, a waiter puts down stacked plates with what can only be described as horrendous racket. He balanced the plates at an angle and almost dropped the whole structure. Not something that would or could happen in this kind of establishment. To avoid such a mishap a plate is slid onto the table from the edge so that it remains level at all times. Any noise made by plates or silverware is inadmissible in places like that. Even champagne should be opened quietly. See more »


Robert: [his voice through the robot] There is always something authentic concealed in every forgery. I couldn't agree more. That's why I'll miss you, Mr. Oldman.
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The best movie of Berlinale 2013
18 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I watched 12 most promising movies at recent Berlinale, and this was ultimately the best one. The movie is breathtaking and captures you from the first seconds. Mr. Rush acting is superb, as are the art direction, cinematography, score and of course, the plot. Film is full of beauty, emotion and humor. It feels like a united whole from beginning to the end and leaves a great impression. I was also surprised later, when I found out that it was shot digitally with Arri Alexa Studio - I was sure it was shot on film. This really is a camera which will finally kill film, although I love film so much. Ironically, film may remain the medium of choice for low budget productions, who can not afford renting this Arri beast.

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