Virgil Oldman (Rush) is an eccentric and completely uptight auctioneer. He dislikes touching people and things so much, he wears gloves all the time. He is persnickity and demanding.
One day, he receives a phone call from a young woman Claire (Hoeks) wishing to have her deceased parents goods appraised and possibly auctioned. Virgil slowly becomes obsessed with the agoraphobic Claire and seeks the advice of the seemingly more worldly and experienced Robert (Sturgess) on how to woo the elusive and reclusive Claire.
During an initial inventory check at the house, Virgil finds some strange mechanical pieces and together with Robert, they begin to put together an apparently legendary automation. Robert is dealing with his own relationship problems which provide a brief respite from the main romance.
Virgil is also involved in some shady dealings with the superbly understated Billy (Sutherland). This is our first hint that all is not as it seems.
There is very little else I can say about this movie without starting to give spoilers.
This movie is sublime……. I don’t think I could find enough superlatives to describe just how wonderful it is. Rush is perfection as the uptight Virgil and Sturgess is divine as the swaggering ladies man Robert. Sutherland always has that slightly menacing demeanour that shimmers just below the surface and Hoeks is gorgeous as the sensitive Claire.
There are some amusing moments, there are lots and lots of wonderful art and paintings. We get a glimpse into a world obsessed with things that are beautiful and very, very valuable. There are mysteries within mysteries.
I am absolutely BURSTING to say more, to talk and talk and write and write but I cannot. You will have to trust me and go and see this absolutely fabulous movie. If you like your drama understated and slow and calm and cerebral, this is the movie for you. This is one you must not miss.
Love Flick xx
Director : Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring : Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland, Philip Jackson, Dermot Crowley, Kiruna Stamell
Running Time : 131 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now