- Virgil Oldman is a lonely grumpy mysophobe who turns a very profitable run as a (slightly corrupt) art auctioneer
- With the aid of his "assistant" Billy (who bids on selected items for Oldman in the crowd) he has been amassing a rather substantial gallery of paintings for next to nothing
- Gets a call from an agoraphobic recluse called Claire who wishes to use his services to get her recently deceased parent's house / belongings valued for auction
- They "meet" (through a wall) and gradually fall in love as both characters learn to overcome their various shortcomings towards other people
- Nice supporting role from Robert who assists Oldman in rebuilding a (priceless) automaton using pieces from the estate, and gives Oldman some tips on winning over Claire
Except that isn't what is happening at all.
The above is just a cover for what is a rather nicely constructed heist movie.
Had a feeling that his character seducing / getting Claire seemed a bit too good to be true, which turned out to be justified.
By the end I felt for Oldman as you could see he'd been on a journey and had the heart pulled out of his chest...
Not quite sure why they didn't just take the automaton (which was clearly worth more) and leave him with his paintings, but I guess it was to make the heist even more heartbreaking.