An elderly art dealer Olavi (72) is about to retire. A man who has always put business and art before everything - even his family - cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old ...
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An elderly art dealer Olavi (72) is about to retire. A man who has always put business and art before everything - even his family - cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old painting catches his attention. Olavi suspects it is worth much more than its starting price, which is low because its authenticity hasn't been confirmed. Olavi's instincts kick in. He decides to make one last deal in order to earn some proper pension money. At the same time, Olavi's daughter Lea (42) - whom he hasn't seen for years - asks him to help her with his teenage grandson Otto (15). Together with Otto, Olavi starts to investigate the background of the painting. They find out that the painting is called Christ and was painted by Ilya Repin. Olavi manages to buy the painting, but when the auction house realizes that there has been a mistake with the original pricing, they turn against him. To fulfill his dream, the old dealer must face both the auction house and his own past mistakes.Written by
In an age of digital, this movie is a wonderful gesture across generations to the values of the traditional artworld looking forward.
There are few movies with the magic of One Last Deal. The pace, the music, the story ... everything comes together with a sense of natural simplicity.
... if you ever get to hear from Klaus Haro or Anna Heinamaa or see their description of how it came to be from their showing at TIFF; you'll fall even deeper into the movie, how it came to be, and the way Anna brought the story to life.
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