Have you ever thought what it would be like if you fell in love with someone you can’t see or touch or feel? What it’s like having to talk to the love of your life behind a wall otherwise you might kill him/her? This is a film that can actually show you what it feels like to be in that situation and of course I couldn’t leave this amazing mystery movie out of my list.
“The Best Offer” or “La Migliore Offerta” as it was originally titled is the 2013 mystery movie of Giuseppe Tornatore who is also known for the movies “Malena”, “Correspondence” and “Baarìa”. In this film he decided to mix drama with mystery and the outcome is simply magnificent.
The story revolves around Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), an elderly art-expert, especially when it comes to antiquity, who is also manager of an auction house and loves to collect expensive priceless portraits of women which he hides in his villa. One day he is asked by Claire Ibbetson (Sylvia Hoeks) to sell her family’s antiques but she refuses to meet him in person. While he is occupied with her collection, he meets Robert (Jim Sturgess) who is handy when it comes to restoring and reassembling anything mechanical that Virgil wants him to and all that while advising him on how to approach that mysterious woman. Who is this woman and why can’t she reveal herself to Virgil?
The mystery that revolves around Claire is what makes this movie unique and what really makes you watch it until the end. And what’s more interesting is the fact that it makes you believe that this is actually a romantic movie centering on an unfulfilled love which makes you feel sorry for Virgil and even more depressed about Claire’s inability to approach any kind of human entity for reasons I prefer not to disclose at the moment. But this movie isn’t a romantic movie or a love story. It’s something far beyond that and it certainly makes it worthwhile especially if you are a fan of mystery films.
The three characters serve a different purpose to the storyline. Virgil represents the curiousness that unfolds in every human being in any occasion especially if the questions that are unanswered are centered on someone from the opposite sex. Claire on the other hand is this troubled, mysterious character who refuses to reveal her identity to a stranger even if this one means no harm for her – basically my whole life in one sentence. And Robert is someone who is kind and willing to help someone in need even if it’s about an unreasonable and meaningless try of an older man towards a younger woman.
The film takes you from the art world to the romance world so fast that you totally forget what you started watching and what you end up seeing in the end. And that was exactly Giuseppe Tornatore’s purpose when he was envisioning this movie. Don’t worry though because – like I mentioned before- this is not a romantic movie.
But I don’t kiss and tell. You will have to watch it yourselves and decide if it is or not.
I’ll be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you certainly must watch.
Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.
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