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The Best Offer at Capitol Theater/Stone Mad Pub



The Best Offer 

Starring:  Geoffrey Rush  Donald Sutherland  Jim Sturgess  Sylvia Hoeks  Maximilian Dirr

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An intriguingly Hitchcockian premise gradually takes on a preposterous air in the art-world noir "The Best Offer."  Kyle Smith

An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush.


Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose 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, his only friend - a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era. The day he turns sixty-three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when the time comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear, nor, for various reasons, is she present for the taking of the inventory or for the transportation and restoration of the pieces. 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.


MOVIE:  7:00  P.M. Capitol Theater 1390 West 65th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102 Map

EATS and DISCUSSION:  After Movie  Stone Mad Pub  1306 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44102



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CEDAR LEE 2163 Lee Road. Cleveland Heights

Parking: Paid Parking is now 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes.  A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.

CAPITOL THEATER 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland (216) 651-7295.

Parking: A free parking lot is next to the theater.

CINEMATHEQUE Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd.

Parking: They have a free parking lot.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Films , 11150 East Blvd.

Parking: They have an attendant parking garage. There is also street parking.

CLEVELAND FILM SOCIETY. Hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City.

Parking at Tower City: Free validated parking with movie.

LOPEZ 2196 Lee Road or New Heights Grill, 2206 Lee Road.  A half-block south of the Cedar Lee on the other side of Lee Road.  We often go to one of these places afterward for discussions.



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  • Peter L.

    I thought the portrayal of Virgil by Geoffrey Rush was just perfect. While it was devastating at the end that Virgil lost everything he had worked for, he did not exactly elicit much sympathy. On the other hand, his outreach to Claire seemed genuine. When an actor can convey such a complex character to the audience, I think that's the epitome of professional success.

    1 · February 27, 2014

    • Lynda

      I agree. Can't remember ever being so conflicted in my feelings about a character..

      February 28, 2014

  • DI

    Saw this review of "The Best Offer" and really enjoyed it:

    2 · February 25, 2014

    • Lynda

      Interesting! I do think we covered most of it, except about the automaton. My thought was that it was unbelievable that Robert could always fit a few randomly found pieces together each time, out of so many.

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Renu

    Very enjoyable film--good acting by Rush and the plot turns kept my interest. Good pick, Susan. Thanks again for a wonderful evening.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Lynda

    The Best Offer was even better than I had expected - Interesting plot, including many surprise twists and wonderful acting by all. We found much to discuss. Stone Mad remains one of my favorite places to hang out...

    February 22, 2014

  • Peter L.

    I enjoyed this movie. Good acting by Rush in a twisted plot. The gathering afterwards was fun. Now I understand more how an interesting movie can energize us all. Thanks to everyone for the friendly company.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Susan

    I am still thinking about the movie, great performance by Geoffrey Rush. Fun time at Stone Mad. Don't order the burger though if you go there.

    February 21, 2014

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