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La migliore offerta (2013)
A caviar of flavors
The movie tone is elegantly set by Tornatore with the music of Ennio Morricone. The art auctioneer leads an exclusive life devoid of many normal day-to-day activities of regular being. His love for the art makes him a meticulous person with a different tone and outlook on the normal world. One thing concerns him is the love of a lady in his life and should be watched as to how the art loving Virgil who knows volumes about how a woman in a portrait can speak through to a person would comprehend when it comes to a woman in flesh.
The movie carries all along smoothly with stunning photography in the villa and the locations around it. Many a great portraits are show cased in the film and since the treatment of quality in the pictures has to be top notch as well as to the give a scenic look.
The story flows smoothly right from the beginning explaining the complexity of Virgil(Rush) and the characters present around him which is his close friend Billy(Donald) and small time instrumental engineer Rob(Jim). Although he doesn't particularly follow ones advice when it comes to any detail of his personal life, he looses his breath on one particular heiress(Sylvia) and her life style.
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As Virgil gets more intrigued by the lifestyle of Claire, he seems to find a note missing in his love-life. Slowly but steadily he would fall in love with her and by taking some desperate measures which include spying around her in the villa. At this point he confides to help from his engineer friend Rob who is more experienced when it comes to handling women especially love. On the other hand he seems to loose focus on his auctioning capabilities which would be noticed by his confide Billy and at which Virgil starts to share his love side to Billy.
Virgil succeeds in getting close to Claire by the effective advising of Billy and Rob. But as an art evaluator and analyzer he should do the same when it comes to love Claire's been showing him.
Rush is fantastic in noir/thrill drama in carrying the tone of the film as well as commendable performances all around. The midget lady carries a strong intriguing presence in all scenes she appear and that is where Virgil misses out interestingly although he would given in normal circumstances.
A must watch love thriller treated appropriately with all proportions of art and gives a taste of all flavors.