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