Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore returns to the helm with this drama centered on a lonely antiques dealer who vies for the heart of a withdrawn heiress with help from his only friend, who teaches him how to gently coax her out of isolation. As far back as he can remember, antiques dealer Virgil Oldman has devoted all of his energy into his work. Now, at 63, Virgil's only acquaintance is a talented young restoration artist named Robert. When Virgil receives a call from a young woman who seeks his assistance in removing some works of art owned by her family, he offers his services and travels to the designated site to assess the situation. Strangely, the girl does not appear to accompany him as agreed. Likewise, she is mysteriously absent as he begins the daunting task of taking inventory, transporting, and restoring the pieces. Over time, her unwillingness to get involved in the process begins to frustrate the detail-oriented Virgil. But his fascination with the elusive girl gradually takes precedence over that frustration. Meanwhile, perceptive Robert seems acutely sympathetic to her paralyzing fear of stepping out into the real world, and begins to advise Virgil on how to help her overcome it. In the process, Virgil is filled with a lust for life that he has never felt before. Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess star in a film featuring an original score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone.
antique-dealer, artist, heiress, isolation