The Best Offer

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The Best Offer
The Best Offer.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byGiuseppe Tornatore
Produced byIsabella Cocuzza
Arturo Paglia
Written byGiuseppe Tornatore
Starring
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyFabio Zamarion
Edited byMassimo Quaglia
Production
  company
Paco Cinematografica
Warner Bros.
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • 1 January 2013 (2013-01-01)
Running time124 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million[1]
Box office$19,255,873[2][3]
 
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The Best Offer
The Best Offer.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byGiuseppe Tornatore
Produced byIsabella Cocuzza
Arturo Paglia
Written byGiuseppe Tornatore
Starring
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyFabio Zamarion
Edited byMassimo Quaglia
Production
  company
Paco Cinematografica
Warner Bros.
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • 1 January 2013 (2013-01-01)
Running time124 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million[1]
Box office$19,255,873[2][3]

The Best Offer (Italian: La migliore offerta) is a 2013 Italian romantic mystery film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, and Donald Sutherland, and the music score is composed by Ennio Morricone.

Plot[edit]

The film tells a story of love and deceit, set in Europe (Trieste, Bolzano, Fidenza, Rome, Milan, Merano, Vienna, Prague) in the world of high-end art auctions and antiques. The story revolves around Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), an elderly and esteemed, but somewhat eccentric, managing director of an auction house. Oldman 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. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. An astute young artificer, Robert (Jim Sturgess), then aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her, and how to deal with his feelings towards her. 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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was produced by Paco Cinematografica with support from the FVG (Friuli Venezia Giulia) Film Fund. Filming began in Trieste on April 30, 2012. For Tornatore this meant a return to Trieste: it was here he shot La Sconosciuta in 2005, with Xenia Rappoport. Filming took place in a period of five to six weeks in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Vienna, Prague, and South Tyrol.[4]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The Best Offer received mixed to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a score of 55%, with an average rating of 5.9/10, based on reviews from thirty-one critics.[5] On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 49 (out of 100), based on reviews from 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] Andrew Pulver of The Guardian rated it 2/5 stars and called it "stiff" and "convoluted".[7] Philippa Hawker of The Age rated it 3/5 stars and called it "handsome, yet austere".[8] Sandra Hall of the Brisbane Times rated it 4/5 stars and praised Geoffrey Rush's acting.[9] In a positive review, Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter called it "astutely written".[10] Variety called the film "superficial" and "cliched", but it predicted box office success.[1]

Box office[edit]

On the Italian opening weekend, the film grossed $2,496,402 from 373 theaters and debuted at number 2 on the box office chart, behind Mai Stati Uniti. As of 13 March 2014, it grossed $12,021,662 domestically and $7,234,211 overseas, for a worldwide gross of $19,255,873.[2][3]

Accolades[edit]

Awards
AwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
58th David di Donatello Awards[11]Best FilmGiuseppe TornatoreWon
Best DirectorGiuseppe TornatoreWon
Best ScriptGiuseppe TornatoreNominated
Best ProducerIsabella Cocuzza and Arturo PagliaNominated
Best CinematographyFabio ZamarionNominated
Best Sets and DecorationsMaurizio Sabatini and Raffaella GiovannettiWon
Best CostumesMaurizio MillenottiWon
Best MakeupLuigi RocchettiNominated
Best HairstylingStefano CeccarelliNominated
Best EditingMassimo QuagliaNominated
Best SoundGilberto MartinelliNominated
Best ScoreEnnio MorriconeWon
Youngs' DavidGiuseppe TornatoreWon
67th Silver Ribbon Awards[12]Best DirectorGiuseppe TornatoreWon
Best ProducerIsabella Cocuzza and Arturo PagliaWon
Best ScreenplayGiuseppe TornatoreNominated
Best CinematographyFabio ZamarionNominated
Best ScenographyMaurizio Sabatini and Raffaella GiovannettiWon
Best CostumesMaurizio MillenottiWon
Best EditorMassimo QuagliaWon
Best SoundGilberto MartinelliNominated
Best ScoreEnnio MorriconeWon
53rd Italian Golden Globe[13]Best CinematographyFabio ZamarionNominated
Best MusicEnnio MorriconeNominated
26th European Film AwardsBest FilmGiuseppe TornatoreNominated
Best DirectorGiuseppe TornatoreNominated
Best ScreenwriterGiuseppe TornatoreNominated
Best ComposerEnnio MorriconeWon
People's Choice AwardGiuseppe TornatoreNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Review: "The Best Offer"". Variety. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b "La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b "La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  4. ^ Scarpa, Vittoria (2012-04-05). "Tornatore shoots The Best Offer in Trieste". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ "The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta) (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Best Offer". Metacritic. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Pulver, Andrew (2013-02-13). "The Best Offer – First Look Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  8. ^ Hawker, Philippa (2013-08-29). "The Best Offer review: Artistry in Fascination with Beauty". The Age. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  9. ^ Hall, Sandra (2013-08-29). "The Best Offer review: Perfect Frame to Display Rush's Talent". Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  10. ^ Young, Deborah (2013-01-05). "The Best Offer: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  11. ^ Hombrebueno, Pierre (2013-06-15). "Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer Wins Big at the Embarrassing Italian Oscars". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  12. ^ Lyman, Eric J. (2013-07-07). "'The Best Offer' Wins Big at Italy's Nastri d'Argento Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  13. ^ "Geoffrey Rush film sweeps Silver Ribbon awards". BBC News. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 

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