The Best Offer

2013 [ITALIAN]

Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 56% · 34 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.8/10 10 124980 125K

Top cast

Donald Sutherland as Billy Whistler
Sylvia Hoeks as Claire Ibbetson
Geoffrey Rush as Virgil Oldman
Jim Sturgess as Robert
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
925.39 MB
Italian 2.0
24.000 fps
2 hr 11 min
P/S 3 / 14
1.95 GB
Italian 2.0
24.000 fps
2 hr 11 min
P/S 14 / 30

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Xstal 8 / 10

The Loss of Autonomy...

... as a result of love and desire, the urge to acquire what you don't yet have. A superb demonstration of the power of film to manipulate, to ratchet up, build pressure, and time its release to perfection.

Reviewed by Buddy-51 8 / 10

Intricate tale of obsession and deceit

Set in Italy but filmed in English, "The Best Offer" is a highly unusual and unusually interesting tale of two lost and hurting souls reaching out to one another for meaning and salvation. Or at least that's what it wants you to THINK it's about. What it's ACTUALLY about may be something else again.

A self-described "old man incapable of love," the allegorically named Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) has kept pretty much the entire world - women included - at arm's-length for his entire life. He's a renowned, if not entirely scrupulous, art appraiser and auctioneer who has his entire mode of existence turned upside down when he meets a mysterious young woman named Claire (Silvia Hoeks) who pleads with him to come appraise the belongings in her home upon the death of her wealthy parents. The problem is that Claire, who has been a recluse since the age of 16, seems to be suffering from a severe case of Agoraphobia and will speak with Virgil only through a wall in the house. Dismissive, even irritated at first, Virgil soon becomes obsessed with the faceless, disembodied voice that floats to him through the dusky halls of a lonely villa.

Virgil is so emotionally cut off from the world around him that, despite the fact that he is physically able to come and go, he is just as much a prisoner of his life as Claire is of her disease and of the decaying mansion in which she's chosen to entomb herself. Is Claire the unexpected someone who will finally provide that meaningful human connection that Virgil has avoided all this time? Or is she merely the vehicle through which he will finally be made to pay for the many professional transgressions he's committed over the course of his lifetime?

Rush carries almost the entire weight of this film on his shoulders, and he certainly shows he has the acting chops to see it through. Since Hoeks is largely off-screen for large portions of the movie, her task is a somewhat less arduous one, though her accomplishment is no less impressive for that. Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland are also effective in smaller, yet highly significant, roles in the drama.

With a smart screenplay and lyrical direction by Giuseppe Tornatore, "The Best Offer" is a haunting, mesmerizing film that draws you into its world and keeps you guessing every step of the way till the big reveal at the end.

Reviewed by ma-cortes 8 / 10

Exciting as well as sensitive film about a master auctioneer who becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress

Interesting and enthralling picture with stirring drama , ravishing cinematography and moving musical score . An epic story of a man who could do anything , except be ordinary . A story centered on an eccentric auctioneer , a great art lover , and his obsession with a heiress/collector . As the successful auctioneer called Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) becomes deeply passionate about a mysterious woman called Claire (Sylvia Hoakes) who suffers agoraphobia . Meantime , the fine art expert Virgil along with his younger friend , Robert (Jim Sturgess) , attempt to remake an ancient automaton .

Colorful and moving film dealing with a solitary man who punches drunk love with a strange girl who resides at an Italian villa only attended by a handy man . The flick relies heavily on the complex relationship between an older man and a younger woman , but this does not get bored or spoils the tale . This captivating picture contains drama , intrigue , plot twists and nostalgia completely wrapped in an enjoyable love story between a lone winner and a locked girl . The story is narrated with great sense and sensibility , the intelligent screenplay was written by Giuseppe Tornatore himself . Slightly underrated but excellent all the same time , the picture is both , enjoyable and entertaining , but overlong . Magnificent performance from Geoffrey Rush as virtuoso auctioneer who has never set his heart on real love , Jim Sturgess as his best friend and Sylvia Hoakes as the gorgeous as well as rare girl . Good acting from remaining cast , just like : Donald Sutherland , Dermot Crowley and Philip Jackson . Glowing cinematography in colorful scenarios and splendidly photographed by Flavio Zamarion who reflects marvelously the elegant restaurants , apartments , paintings , auction hall and many other things . Rousing and moving score musical by the veteran master and prolific Ennio Morricone who achieved a deserved David Di Donatello .

The picture was very well directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and won six David Di Donatello awards , including Best Film and Best Director . Tornatore made other similarly attractive films , including good actors , such as : the excellent ¨Cinema Paradise¨ with Philippe Noiret , ¨Malena¨ with Monica Belucci , ¨ The star maker¨ with Sergio Castellito , ¨Legend of 1900¨ or ¨The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean¨ with Tim Roth , and ¨Baaria¨ with Raoul Bova ; being his English-language debut feature titled ¨The professor¨ with Ben Gazzara . ¨The best offer¨ rating : Better than average , well worth watching for exceptional cinematography , first-rate acting and wonderful score .

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