Thursday, July 20, 2017

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016)

Director: Joseph Cedar. Cast: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg. 118 min. Rated R. Israel/USA. Drama.

The story of Norman: virtually a nobody with no resources, who talks himself into relationships and events to eventually make money ... out of nothing. His mere presence is so devastating, he even gets the Israeli Prime Minister into trouble. But then the Prime Minister feels a kinship to Norman, because some day, maybe he was a Norman too. It's not necessarily about a Jewish personality trait; we've all had Normans around us. And while the film leaves too many aspects of this mind-boggling nature unfulfilled, the fact that it touches upon it (with Gere's impeccable close-up acting) makes it worthwhile.

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