The Last Vermeer is based on the true story of priceless paintings being sold to the Germans during the Second World War. With the war over and the paintings being recovered the question remains, who’s responsible for selling off the paintings? The movie is a dramatic thriller worthy of a Law and Order dum dum drum beat.
The movie begins with an introduction to soldier and member of the Dutch resistance, Joseph Piller (Claes Bang) as he investigates stolen art in the wake of the Second World War.
As Piller uncovers more and more priceless art works, his attention turns to renowned Dutch artist Han van Meegeren (Guy Pearce). Van Meegeren is a wealthy, dandy famous for hedonistic soirées. He also has a grudge against the art world having had his own work publicly savaged.
When Piller and his assistant visit van Meegeren in his home, the obscene wealth makes it easy to suspect him of profiting from the sale of a priceless Vermeer to Hermann Göring. But just how deep are his ties to the clients? As the evidence mounts the death penalty appears certain.
That a sale was made to one of the highest-ranking Nazis, van Meegeren doesn’t deny. However Piller becomes increasingly convinced of Han’s innocence and hides him from the authorities. In seclusion van Meegeren demands his paints and alcohol.
Running parallel is the story of Piller’s wife who was consorting with high ranking German soldiers while he was in resistance. While working as a secretary she funnelled information to resistance, but was that all she did? It is a question that plagues their marriage.
When van Meegeren is finally found, Piller is dismissed from his duties and returns to manual labour. Still convinced of van Meegerens innocence and with a strong desire for justice, Piller finds himself representing the colourful man with a mysterious past.
As the layers of The Last Vermeer build up, much like those in the famous paintings being sold, all is not as it seems.
The movie is a fascinating look into the world of art and how some pieces are considered masterpieces while others are not. It’s a great courtroom drama. Pearce is wonderful as the flamboyant artist. Make sure you wait for the credits.
Starts March 25
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