Happy Monday!! I hope all of you had a great weekend, I had daughter #2 come home for fall break and what a wonderful treat that was. A little shopping, a lot of eating and some relaxing was involved. Fun in other words! I did catch a movie that was released early last year that was weirdly mesmerizing. It is called The Best Offer and Geoffrey Rush has the lead role. It’s a romantic mystery written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. While it did not great reviews, it did win some Italian awards for best directing, best script, best film, best costumes, etc., etc. It also stars Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland. The musical score was composed by Ennio Morricone. It’s a little movie but I think it’s worth a watch. You can probably catch it On Demand. It was intriguing and perfect for unwinding during the evening.
The film is set in Europe primarily Italy (Trieste, Rome, Milan) as well as Vienna and Prague. Needless to say, the sets are beautiful.
The movie revolves around the elegant high end auction world of art and antiques. The particular auction house, Oldmans’ belongs to Virgil Oldman, Geoffrey Rush’s character. Rush plays a brilliant but highly agitated, eccentric art appraiser and auctioneer. He is desperately lonely but thinks he as learned how to manage it. He is hired by a reclusive young heiress, Claire Ibbetson (Sylvia Hoeks) to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. She refuses to be seen in person which angers and intrigues Oldman.
His reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. He’s never been close to another human being, not even Robert, (Jim Sturgess) his only friend – a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era.
Oldman’s poise and prestige is counterpointed by an ongoing scam whereby his friend Billy Whistler (Donald Sutherland) helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings.
More than once, Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be nothing but a bothersome mess, but on each occasion, the mysterious young woman, locked in her own obsessional world, convinces him to continue. And with this, the old antique dealer’s life begins to take an unexpected turn. It is Robert who shows him, step-by-step, how to win the heart of a young woman who is afraid of the world and, caught in the middle of this puzzling game of chess, Virgil soon finds himself enveloped by a passion that will transform his grey existence forever.
Both his house (which was supposed to be a hotel) and the villa where Claire lives have wonderful interiors.
Have a watch and let me know what you think.