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Deception 2014

4.3 out of 5 stars (45) IMDb 7.8/10

Chaos escalates when an eccentric art dealer is hired by a mysterious and reclusive young heiress to auction off her large antique collection.

Starring:
Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess
Runtime:
2 hours, 10 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess
Supporting actors Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland, Philip Jackson, Dermot Crowley, Kiruna Stamell, Liya Kebede, Caterina Capodilista, Gen Seto, Klaus Tauber, Maximilian Dirr, Laurence Belgrave, Sean Buchanan, John Benfield, Miles Richardson, Jim Conway, Brigitte Christensen, Jacqueline Hopkins, Amanda Walker
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Moira TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
Set in Italy but with an all English speaking cast and script, this is what a modern day Aspern Papers would be like if it was dramatised by Alfred Hitchcock. Everything is stylish and beautifully shot. The dialogue is rich.
Geoffrey Rush plays Virgil a pre-eminent art dealer and auctioneer who, it is immediately apparent, often uses a plant at auction to buy up art he has misrepresented the value and origins of, to build his own private collection hidden in a vault behind his expensive closet. He is somewhere on the spectrum between fastidious and OCD (or CDO if you can't bear your acronyms being out of strict alpha-numeric order). He has few friends - Billy the plant (Donald Sutherland) and Robert (Jim Sturgess) who owns a repair/restoration shop.
One day Virgil receives a phone call from a woman called Claire, who wants the contents of her late parents' villa in he middle of the city, appraised. At first she seems illusive, never keeping appointments and making implausible excuses for not meeting Virgil personally to discuss terms. Then Virgil discovers she is actually reclusive, living in a closed off part of the villa, not having been outside in years.
Virgil is increasingly drawn to Claire, her voice and glimpses of her. However, he is not above stealing small items from the house, which are clockwork pieces that his friend Robert identifies as parts of an automaton designed by someone Virgil studied for his Masters Degree. As Virgil is drawn in he leaves his ivory tower, showing a warmer and friendlier side to Billy and Jim, asking for relationship advice from the latter.
I was drawn in too by the intrigue, excellent story telling and great acting. It was a treat all round.
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Simply wonderful. I was spell bound by this film. Beautiful, intricate, subtle, emotional and powerful.

Geoffrey Rush is the fulcrum around which this wheel spins.

Next to The Book Thief....one of the very best films I have seen this year.
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excellent film and acting.I am no critic if the write up/description even appeals in the slightest
buy it, if it does not appeal watch it anyway.Great story grips you throughout.I rented it
now I have bought it
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This film is simply brilliant. Geoffrey Rush is superb, it's long., but a delicious two hours of beautifully crafted film making. All I can say is please, watch it.
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Only a four because I missed a lot of the dialogue because there were no subtitles. Nothing to do with the movie though...just the presentation.
Apart from that a great movie. Actors were fabulous and played their part well and I fell in love with the chateau and the furniture. Great twist too.
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This is an Italian made film that is entirely in English. It stars, the sublime, Geoffrey Rush as Virgil Oldman who is a top rate art auctioneer and art expert. He is also a player and a collector. One of his games is to have a ringer in the audience to bid for items that he has deliberately mis represented so that they go for a fraction of their worth, and he gets to add them to his private collection. This man is played by Donald Sutherland.

Then he gets a phone call from a young woman who wants to sell a house full of fine art and she will only let him do it. She is veiled in mystery, being a recluse, but the collection whets his appetite. Soon he becomes obsessed with her and her collection, but things start to look like they are not adding up and as the time passes you start to question some of the players motives, the title `Deception' gives a big clue as to what is really at the centre of things.

Original title was `The Best Offer' or `La migliore oferta' and it runs for just over two hours, but this is a sumptuous production, with beautifully framed and shot scenes so the two hours float past. The art too is exquisite for the most part and at one point Virgil says `art needs an inner mystery', a sentiment I whole heartedly agree with. Some may think that a good film needs something of a mystery too and if that is the case this one certainly scores highly- easily recommended.
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I loved it. This movie has you guessing all the way through. Geoffrey Rush was superb as the well seasoned auctioneer. Highly recommended.
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A refreshingly different movie. Enough mystery and emotion to draw you right in sweetly - and then?!!!! Brilliant.
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