A TOUGH SELL, BUT MEETS ITS RE­SERVE, ITALY, 122 MIN

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - MOVIES -

You heard the one about the ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive old auc­tion­eer and the beau­ti­ful young ago­ra­pho­bic? Didn’t think so. While it does read as the set-up for a joke, this Ital­ian-made, English­language drama takes it­self very se­ri­ously in­deed. Per­haps too much so, but never at the ex­pense of an in­trigued au­di­ence. Ge­of­frey Rush is in fine form here as the toffy art dealer Vir­gil, a cul­tured con­trol freak who drops his guard when he falls for the mys­te­ri­ously mer­cu­rial shut-in Claire (Sylvia Hoeks).

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