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Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) scored a popular hit in Italy with this English-language extravaganza of Platinum Class double-dealing centreing on an international auction house. As Virgil Oldman, a fastidious connoisseur and art dealer who is not the straight operator that his priggish manner suggests, Geoffrey Rush is marvellously watchable. Drawn out of his shell rather late in life by the patent unhappiness of a mysterious young female client, we see him take his first timorous steps towards romantic connection with a living woman. In a juicy role that might have provoked shameless antics in a less resourceful actor, he renders the acquisitive old man’s new-found vulnerability rather droll and touching.