|Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) admiring his secret collection of ladies in Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer.|
|Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland|
[Minor Spoiler Alert] For all these flaws, The Best Offer remains an insightful meditation on the nature of authenticity as a form of artifice and convention. Oldman's emotional pain in discovering that Claire is not who she seems to be is no less than it would be had he lost the woman he thought he'd had. Beyond that, in casting the loss of his rich trove of original masterpieces as a mere incident of a greater emotional devastation, Tornatore puts a fine point on the notion that art is meant to be part of life and not a substitute for it.
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