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The Best Offer (2013)

La migliore offerta (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caterina Capodilista ...
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


A master of possession. A crime of obsession. 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:

$2,595 (USA) (3 January 2014)


$85,433 (USA) (7 March 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Certificate in Luxembourg: 6. See more »


As Virgil passes through the glass-pane door of Night and Day café almost at the end of the movie, there is a sticker on the glass pane of the door which read "Pivnice U milosrdných" - the original Czech name of that pub. See more »


Virgil Oldman: [Inspecting a painting] It's a fake.
First daughter: How is that possible? It's beautiful!
Virgil Oldman: I didn't say it was ugly, I said it wasn't authentic.
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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Unique, intriguing and elegant. This is clearly the work of experts.
26 June 2013 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

The only Guiseppe Tornatore film I've seen is Cinema Paradiso which is an absolute masterpiece. It surprises me that he was only in his early 30s when he directed it as the film already showed the work of an expert, given that his other films aren't as notable. The Best Offer, with its tight screenplay, lush sets, brilliant performance by Geoffrey Rush and beautiful score by Ennio Morricone, also exemplifies the sophisticated expertise filmmaking. It's refreshing to see a film with a unique universe grounded in the culture of our own with some bizarrely specific themes. While my only complaint is that the dialogue has this very "written" quality about it that is near impossible to deliver in a natural way, it's at least consistent throughout.

The story is constantly intriguing, held together by a Hitchcockian mystery feeling, and always pays off in a unique way. I'm not one for "old man and young girl romance" stories as they're rarely without uncomfortable perversion but The Best Offer completely justifies it with its well developed characters and themes. However, what makes this film so special and strange is the dramatic turn in the third act. Heartbreaking not only for the characters but for the audience that the film changes so drastically. But this is what made the film stick with me so much. It's wonderful to have a film that you toss and turn in your head, trying to figure out what it's all about. I can't divulge as anybody who hasn't seen it will be spoiled. Just go watch one of the best offers 2013 cinema has in store so far.


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