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The Last Vermeer

Guy Pearce as Han Van Meegeren in TriStar Pictures' THE LAST VERMEER.

There is a seemingly endless mine of stories when it comes to World War II. From the tragedies of the Holocaust, to the awe-inspiring acts of heroism on the front lines. Some of the best stories involve intrigue, mystery and a caper. 

The Last Vermeer fits that description to a T. Based on a true story and directed by Dan Fiedkin (Dunkirk, All the Money In the World), the action is set just after the victory of the Allies in Amsterdam. Captain Joseph Piller (Claes Bang) is tasked with tracking down stolen artworks and tracing who the original owners are.

His hunt leads him to the eccentric painter Han Van Meegeren (Guy Pearce). Meegeren is accused of selling some lost Vermeers to the Nazis. But as Captain Piller pulled further into Meegeren’s capricious world, questions of the validity of the lost Vermeers come to light, and with them philosophical inquiries on who gets to decide what is art. 

The Last Vermeer is slow to take off. The narrative reveals itself over time like the meticulous strokes of Meegeren’s paintbrush. But stick with this one. The film’s climax is worth the slog through the first half of the movie. 

The Last Vermeer is now playing in select theaters.

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