Psychology Analysis: The Best Offer

This is one of the most successful cinema films about psychological disorders. In this article you will find a psychological examination of the character Virgil Oldman. The Best Offer film; Psychological disorders such as obsession, narcissistic personality and agoraphobia are noteworthy.

Psychological Analysis


Claire Ibbetson

Claire is precisely the ideal lover of Virgil Oldman’s subconscious. Virgil is actually creating an agoraphobic girl friend in an imagination. Just like the portraits of women she’s hiding in his room.

Even though Claire is agoraphobic, she sometimes talks about her lover in Prague, perhaps referring to Virgil’s first and only love during her time. Virgil may have put Claire on a whole new story.


Virgil’s almost opposite character. The main character’s name is virgil oldman. This character is young and flirtatious. It is almost like the youth that Virgil never had. Of course, it also carries its qualities (being a genius in the field, dining in luxury restaurants, having a professional interest in automaton).

The answer to the question of how Virgil would be if a different youth had lived. It’s kind of an alter-ego.

Billy Whistler

Billy is a weak character, unsuccessful as a painter. He earns money by being fraudulent. It is a situation where Virgil, a well-known and egoist in his field, avoided being completely. It’s the dark side of her ego where she tries to suppress and avoid confrontation.

These three characters represent the fantasy or qualities that Virgil rejects. In fact, Virgil is fighting with each in turn;
He says he’s done with Claire, but he’s going back to him. Virgil argues with Robert (Robert is a lecherous man). But Virgil is reconciling with Robert.

Virgil discusses with Billy (he has done a failed job). But then they’il get along with Billy.
All these fights symbolize the rejection and reinstatement of these psychological aspects of Virgil.

Virgil is rigorous and obsessive. He doesn’t touch anything without gloves. (She doesn’t touch anything except the ones she loves)
Virgil is obsessed with his work. His ego is a very high man. For example; He usually eats alone. He doesn’t like non-elite environments. He wants tea, but he doesn’t drink tea. He chastises the waitress. He doesn’t care about anybody. He’s always trying to keep things hidden in his character.

However, with the love affair with Claire, he begins to face the situation.

His obsession is completely over. He is no longer workaholic. It does not go to other countries for business. She ceases wearing the gloves, gives up dyeing her hair, joins entertaining dinners with her lover and her friends, socializes.

 His excellent work on the job is gone. He’s starting to be bullshit. He even drinks tea at the pub and starts chatting with the bartender.

Now Virgil is starting to make peace with himself. As a matter of fact, he chooses a retirement from the world of art, which is the center of his life and at the top. But what he finds back is an empty warehouse. In short, under a brilliant career, he actually has an empty character.

Virgil, after confronting this situation, also collapses psychologically.


The dwarf in the café symbolizes automaton as it sounds like a robot and knows everything. Indeed, at the start of the film, Virgil said that he did his art thesis about automaton and that although the robot was a mechanic he could be a dwarf who knew everything.

Virgil Oldman doesn’t look in the face (eyes) of a woman who doesn’t talk directly to him in the film. When he has to take care of a woman, he smuggles his eyes as quickly as possible.

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