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Once again doing movie reviews this year and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.
Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.
Also SPOILER WARNING.
For my Day Two (or B movie, not that kind of B-movie) I chose The Best Offer.
Let’s get to chopping! *rolls sleeves*
Triggering event: answering Claire Ibbetson’s first call
Setting up the problem: She’s not making their meeting times and giving such poor excuses, and then Claire’s voice is echoing from the home itself and her illness is revealed and she cancels all further appointments
Turning point #1: the discovery of the automaton in the house
Recovering from the problem: Claire asks for another appointment and Virgil Oldman gives it to her, that and the contract to become his client and they slowly fall into a pattern of trust — Claire going as far to giving him a key
Mid-point: Virgil sees Claire for the first time and he becomes greedy for a second peek, only this time she catches him and they start to bond after
Deepening of the problem: the final pieces of the automaton are found and Claire disappears, and Mr. Oldman is not himself these days, i.e. fudging up one of his auctions
Turning point #2: Virgil is jumped and viciously attacked and it’s Claire who leaves her home, flags down help and goes with him to the ER; and Claire who decides to move into his house
Resolving the problem: Virgil accepts Claire’s wish to not sell the house and he rips up the auction book while toasting his new friends and revealing the secret room of his prized ‘woman’ to Claire
Climax: Virgil retiring and after returning home from his trip and final day at work, he finds Claire is missing…and the paintings are gone with her
Resolution: going mad, Virgil spends time in the hospital but he eventually gets out from his convalescence and heads to Prague and the cafe called ‘Night and Day’, hoping to bump into the nubile “Claire Ibbetson” he fell in love with
SO have you ever been tricked my someone like this? Was it as bad a betrayal as what Virgil got in this film, or more milder…like a simple April Fools joke?