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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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Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Virgil Oldman
Jim Sturgess ... Robert
Sylvia Hoeks ... Claire Ibbetson
Donald Sutherland ... Billy Whistler
Philip Jackson ... Fred
Dermot Crowley ... Lambert
Kiruna Stamell ... Girl in the Bar
Liya Kebede ... Sarah
Caterina Capodilista Caterina Capodilista ... Young Woman
Gen Seto ... Housekeeper
Klaus Tauber Klaus Tauber ... Virgil's Assistant #1
Maximilian Dirr ... Virgil's Assistant #2
Laurence Belgrave Laurence Belgrave ... Virgil's Assistant #3
Sean Buchanan ... Virgil's Assistant #4
John Benfield ... Barman
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Storyline

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

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Some forgeries are worth the ultimate price. See more »


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

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best Offer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Billy Whistler: I wouldn't be so sure if I were you. Human emotions are like works of art. They can be forged. They seem just like the original, but they are a forgery.
Virgil Oldman: Forgery?
Billy Whistler: Everything can be faked, Virgil. Joy, pain, hate... illness, recovery. Even love.
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Unique, intriguing and elegant. This is clearly the work of experts.
26 June 2013 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee 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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