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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.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay)
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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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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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Trivia

The restaurant in Prague is "Restaurace u milosrdnych" at the crossing of "U Milosrdnych" and "Kozi" in the center of the town See more »

Goofs

Stealing hundreds of paintings from an art expert and dealer is an extremely foolish idea. The paintings were legally purchased. They are in every arts catalogue as sold by a respectable auction house. Selling them would be impossible. The whole scheme seems like a waste of time.

Actually, this is not correct: Billy is the one who bought the paintings, and he is part of the crew. Also, all paintings had been sold as forgeries. So really not that much risk here. 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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References Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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The best movie of Berlinale 2013
18 February 2013 | by mrwhitemanSee 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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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,595, 5 January 2014

Gross USA:

$100,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,596,350
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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