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La Migliore Offerta is interesting, but not completely satisfactory
I'm not a fan of director Giuseppe Tornatore's. I know that many people consider him a legend, but I haven't liked any of the films from his filmography I have seen very much (no, not even Nuovo Cinema Paradiso). However, I decided to see La Migliore Offerta, his most recent film, because the plot sounded intriguing and the cast included some excellent actors (Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland). The screenplay from La Migliore Offerta is carefully designed in order for us to get distracted of the main theme, but nevertheless, I found it a bit predictable; however, that didn't avoid me from appreciating the detail and realism with which the characters are portrayed. The main character is a successful and distinguished man, but with an internal emptiness which he tries to fill in with his avocation to art... even though that's obviously not enough. That's why it's interesting to see him flourish when he meets the enigmatic Claire and her decrepit mansion, full of art objects but lacking of life. Rush brings an excellent performance in the leading role, and he's well complemented by the solid works from Sturgess, Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks. However, I wasn't left completely satisfied by La Migliore Offerta; as I previously said, I found it kinda predictable, some scenes feel excessively false, and the movie is longer than it should, with an extended conclusion which tries to explain us all the things we had already deducted. Nevertheless, I think this film deserves a moderate recommendation, because despite my complaints, I found it interesting, and I think that, from the Tornatore's films I have seen, this is the one I have liked the most.
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