The Best Offer

The Best Offer

DVD - 2014
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When a mysterious heiress asks famed but unscrupulous art appraiser and auctioneer Virgil Oldman to evaluate her late parents' collection yet remains forever unseen behind closed doors, it ignites a spark of curiosity in the normally austere Virgil that soon grows into an all-out obsession. Before long everything in Virgil's carefully constructed life threatens to come apart as he delves ever further into the world of intrigue surrounding his enigmatic employer.
"Geoffrey Rush brings striking depth of character to a classic Old World mystery..."--Hollywood Reporter
"The Film has several smart twists and surprises..."--Los Angeles Times
Publisher: [United States] : Ifc Films, 2014
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780788617720
Branch Call Number: FIC Best
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board - Not rated
MPAA rating: R


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Mar 17, 2018

Great movie that goes beyond the usual Hollywood junk. I've watched it twice to completely get all the subtle things I missed the first time. One of those films that grows on you as it progresses...give it time! For those of you who remarked on the age difference of the lovers, don't you realize that's ageism, which is worse than racism?? If the woman is OK with 25-30 years difference as many in Europe are...what's it to you? You are the creepy ones!!

Jan 16, 2018

This is a very tense mystery based on an interesting premise. However, watching Geoffrey Rush seduce a woman 32 years younger than him is slightly cringe-inducing.

Jan 07, 2018

This was a small gem of a movie. Well acted, great characterization, and a slow but layered plot development. Time well wasted.

Jan 06, 2018

"The Best Offer" may or may not be a good movie. The copy I received from the main branch was in poor condition & could not be played. Please notify the library staff of damaged discs. Don't put damaged discs back on the shelves. That is very inconsiderate.

Oct 11, 2017

This is the kind of movie that wants to give away the ending but you just fight it the whole time. Then youre like: "duh"!

Aug 18, 2017

Good movie. Moves slowly but stay with the movie. You will be questioning it long after it's finished.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Aug 08, 2017

This is a "slow burn" film; you must stick with it to the bitter end. TH and I've watched this several times and each viewing leaves me with questions. A nice change of pace from our usual mindless (Marvel) films.

Jul 26, 2017

A small, odd film-but it's really good- the final act kept me thinking for quite a while after the end of the film. There are deeper undercurrents to this movie which might engage the more perceptive viewers out there.

Jul 30, 2016

I rather agree with each of the other varied reviews. G.Rush kept me watching out of simply curiosity, I find his acting compelling. Yes, a bit 'simple' in plot, a stretch of imagination, etc. Well, there was little else to choose from on the idiot box & I just wanted to eat popcorn in a comfy chair.

Feb 14, 2016

The film is almost rescued from its tortuous plot by Rush's compelling performance.

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Sep 08, 2014

From IMDb:
Billy Whistler: Emotions are like work of art. They can be forged they seem just like the original but they are forgery.
Virgil Oldman: Forgery.
Billy Whistler: Everything can be fake Virgil: joy, pain, hate, illness, recovery... even love.

Virgil Oldman: What's it like living with a woman?
Lambert: Like taking part in an auction sale. You never know if yours will be the best offer.

Virgil Oldman: [Inspecting a painting] It's a fake.
First daughter: How is that possible? It's beautiful!
Virgil Oldman: I didn't say it was ugly, I said it wasn't authentic.

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