The Best Offer

The Best Offer

The Best Offer

Romantic thriller from director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), starring Geoffrey Rush as an auction house director growing obsessed with an anonymous heiress who is selling a large art and antiques collection. Set in Italy and Austria, the film co-stars Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hooks. Winner of six awards at the David di Donatello Awards (Italian Academy Awards), including Best Film and Director.

"Virgil Oldman (Rush) is managing director of a leading auction house. He is a man with his own individual style who regularly dyes his hair, never goes out without his finest leather gloves and tries to reveal as little as possible of his emotional world. In a secret hall inside the villa in which he lives alone, he has collected hundreds of masterful, priceless paintings from many different eras. He has succeeded in acquiring these paintings, all of them portraits of women, during his own auctions with the help of his old friend Billy. One day, Oldman receives a special assignment: a mysterious young woman, who refuses to appear in person, asks him to sell her family’s antiques. But Oldman is not only interested in the classical painting, furniture and material on offer. He becomes increasingly fascinated by the mysterious incognito woman, who will only communicate with him from behind thick walls and heavy doors." (Berlin Film Festival)

2013Rating: M, Violence, sex scenes131 minsItaly
DramaThrillerRomance
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Variety

Variety

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Art world thriller with shades of "Hugo" should be a creatively winning combination... yet beneath the varnish lies a work crying out for proper subtext.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

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A stunning performance by Geoffrey Rush elevates this beguiling tale that explores authenticity and all its priceless facets.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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A tenuous art-scam/romance/thriller storyline is fatally undermined by rusty dialogue.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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An astutely written return to English-language genre film, where his Baroque excesses get worked into the plot.

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Variety

Variety

press

Art world thriller with shades of "Hugo" should be a creatively winning combination... yet beneath the varnish lies a work crying out for proper subtext.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

A stunning performance by Geoffrey Rush elevates this beguiling tale that explores authenticity and all its priceless facets.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A tenuous art-scam/romance/thriller storyline is fatally undermined by rusty dialogue.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An astutely written return to English-language genre film, where his Baroque excesses get worked into the plot.

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