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Review of The Best Offer

A little gem of a movie that is enhanced by a strong performance from Geoffrey Rush as a exclusive art auctioneer. He has lived his life in a very methodical, clinical and fastidious fashion and has controlled everything that surrounds his life. Then he meets Claire who suffers from Agoraphobia and wishes to engage his services to liquidate her deceased parents estate and art collection.
This movie explores the art of falling in love in the most basic of terms. What do we give up? How do we change? Who do we become? Do we fall in love with a physical vision or the idea of a vision? Do we want to fix people when we enter in a relationship or are we content to take them as they are? Do we fall in love with who we want the person to be for our own purposes or truly fall in love for who they are?
Can there be such simple concepts as good and bad guys in relationships or are all people flawed to varying degrees? Are surface truths and friendships to be counted upon or are they all an illusion that over time will prove worthless?
You will have to watch the movie in order to answer some of these questions within the context of this story but we might be able to relate to stories within our own lives? One of the elements of good movie direction does the translation from the general in a movie to the specific in our lives and that's why I consider this Giuseppe Tornatore directed movie a fairly special one.
Sylvia Hoeks as Claire turns in a dynamic and believable performance which enhances the denouement when the story comes to a climax and we are left to understand how everything is knitted together.
Added by Joe
9 years ago on 29 December 2014 03:02