I still can not describe my state of mind at the end of the film, a mixture of devastating feelings that left me breathless, a state of mind that only the greatest movies are able to leave, and this is one of those movies ! Inside there is so much stuff to talk about that in a comment like this is highly simplistic! If you love art, psychology, suspense, love stories, in short, if you love life, this movie will surprise you. A great cast of characters and works of art TONS! complete the work and make it an unmissable, different from all the other great movies of Tornatore. Beware then by <more>
those who want to associate this film with a film of Hitchcock because it means dismantle and destroy the film, this film is much more! Thrilling is only one small part of a masterpiece of international cinema! Absolutely a must see!
Great movies have the power to make you think and this movie had me thinking for so long I couldn't sleep on the night I saw it. It is a tremendous film with a deeply unsettling message and even now, 24 hours after seeing it I am haunted by the end.It's a fairy story and nightmare rolled into one. It's not what happens that's important it's how it happens. the story is great but the plot is even better.Forget the bad reviews and make up your own mind. If you subscribe to the notion that Life imitates Art or Art imitates Life go see it. You won't be disappointed.
The Best of The Best a movie can Offer! (by b1le)
This movie is about Art!It uses the Art as a mean to illustrate the Art as an end.The Art is used in literal sense. Namely, the exterior is set in Rome and a bit of Prague which are finest art statements to this day, while the interior scenes are shot in gorgeous villas among pieces of art voluptuous sculptures, sensuous paintings, precious pieces of furniture .But more importantly, The Art is used in metaphorical sense: The Art of transforming one's Passion into Possession. The Art of transforming one's drive for Perfection and striving for owns Protection into one's Flow and <more>
Vulnerability. The Art of merging opposing feelings, causing inner conflicts, arousing thousand emotions, attacking all senses, shaking the nerves...shaking the very ground until......until it becomes the ultimate Work of Art itself!Bravo Maestro's: Tornatore, Moriconne and Rush!Biljana Gjoneska - www.evermind.me
Excellent slice of arty entertainment (by vickie59)
What a superb movie! Went to the movies today with little expectations, other than I would be seeing something 'classier' than the normal fare. The movie started off nicely with Geoffrey Rush dominating the screen with his larger than life character, not particularly to my liking. However, as the story unfolded and the plot deepened the subtle changes transforming him into an image of one his finer works of art, I found myself mesmerised and transported into his world. The complexity of the plot developed nicely and my suspensions were aroused reasonably early. However, I didn't <more>
mind at all - for the journey was beautiful. The acting, cinematography, music, script - and beautiful artwork and scenery - certainly compensated for any flaws the movie had. Some may say it was predictable and flawed in parts, but hey, enjoy the experience and immerse yourself in fantasy - this is a movie after all. I find myself still puzzling over some aspects of the plot - the real Clair, what's going on there. I also would have thought that Lambert would have had good reason to be complicit with the others. Gem of a movie - I can't wait to see it again.
A great story but they really telegraphed that punch. (by face-819-933726)
This one slipped passed me last year. I swear I saw an add for in in 2012, or earlier, and then it just passed out of sight. I looked for it, but was looking for a movie more about magic, than what this actually is. Here's the hook, this is a great movie. If you don't have it figured out in the first 30 minutes, you most likely just don't want to believe it could be where this is going. Geoffrey Rush as Mr. Oldman is so fragile, and tortured, and does such a great job of making you feel his character's deepest feelings, and fears. You can see that this all has so much meaning, <more>
and has come at a time in his life when he needed it the most. I loved the characters in this movie, including the inanimate. The look, and feel of Oldman's possessions is so perfect, and that floor is a dream. I Enjoyed this movie for all of those reasons, but so much more. It flows very well for a movie that is just over 2 hours, even though at times a bit to well which is the only fault I must give . I would recommend this film to anyone who likes a little mystery with their romance, and a little beauty in everything.
Goodness, what a film. Like the Usual Suspects, it needs to be watched a second time.Very much under the radar; tucked away into the VoD menu like one of the artworks portrayed in it. I thought Geoffrey Rush would forever be the Tailor of Panama, but here he is in the most exquisite form as his more neurotic and successful cousin. The cleverness of the script is in how the viewer is fooled as elegantly as the protagonist, experiencing his disbelief. You can see it coming, but you don't want to believe it - just like him. We thought we were watching a sensitive biopic about two people <more>
helping each other to overcome their separate phobias, only to discover you were watching a profoundly targeted and flawless forgery.There's also something regal about the underrated Sylvia Hoeks, even if it is difficult to categorise: a maturity for her age, or a perfectly-cast "old soul" vibe that works perfectly for the older man theorem. It's a subtle, robotic simplicity that could so easily be overdone, but is masterfully held back.On one side of the mirror, we have an auctioneer - an expert in detecting forgery - breathing life into his greatest artistic work: bringing an agoraphobic heiress back to life, whilst healing himself.On the other, we see another artist creating the perfect forgery: renting a mysterious house with an even more mysterious inventory from a dwarf savant, in order to draw his mark into madness so he can steal the most personal, priceless collection of artwork.But the final reveal is the painting supposedly obsessed over our heiress, apparently of her mother. The grand revenge scheme has been orchestrated by the protagonist's embittered partner-in-crime and shill-bidder, who was the artist. Before Virgil leaves London, Billy announces he's sent him one of his paintings, almost as if they were never going to speak again. When Virgil returns to see his emptied collection, all that is left are the remains that allow him to connect the dots: after a lifetime of being patronised and criticised by his friend for his supposedly meagre talents, Billy has co-ordinated the elaborate heist involving the girl and the robot, and rubs his friend's nose in his cleverness by signing and leaving Claire's special painting, with his thanks and admiration.Structure is everything in screen writing, and this script was beautifully constructed in itself as a piece of art, complete with eccentricities, contrasts, and its own signature. There is no reconciliation, just denouement. Perhaps a little more exposition would have been useful, but like all art, it was made to make you wonder what the artist's inspiration and plan were.
Unique, intriguing and elegant. This is clearly the work of experts. (by Sergeant_Tibbs)
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 <more>
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.8/10
it is a good film. good acting, good directing, good story, good music... it's not the best i've seen recently i just saw 'the hunt' from thomas vinterberg and that blew me off completely , but it is worth watching.movie will keep you engaged all the way.i didn't like the ending, but i guess any other ending wouldn't fit, so i shouldn't complain too much.i gave it 8 out of 10 stars, because every single element of a movie from music to production to directing to... is real good. considering many mediocre at best! : movies that we see so often, i would say <more>
that this movie deserves to be seen.it's pleasing to the eye, it's soothing in some way... i don't regret seeing it.
Exciting as well as sensitive film about a master auctioneer who becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress (by ma-cortes)
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 <more>
.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 .