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

R, 117 minutes

Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere), is always on the lookout for someone in New York willing to pay attention to him, so he sets his sights on charismatic Israeli politician Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), and offers him a gift – a pair of very expensive shoes. When Eshel becomes Prime Minister, Norman suddenly has a real connection to a major world leader, and attempts to use Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman’s nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman’s kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. The new film by Academy Award nominated director Joseph Cedar (FOOTNOTE) is a comic and compassionate drama of a man whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgive—a need to matter. (2017, US, Joseph Cedar, 117 min, DCP, CC)

“As involving as the story is with its impressive ensemble cast, NORMAN is above all a showcase for Gere’s substantial talents.” -TheWrap

“Cedar impressively creates a complex and intricately detailed portrait of the web of political, financial, social and religious affiliations that has everything to do with how the world works.” -The Hollywood Reporter

“It can take a TV series an entire season to establish a political intrigue as elaborate as the one Cedar devises here — and even longer to flesh out such a fascinating protagonist, when all Cedar had to do was give this archetype a name.” -Variety

“Gere’s work in NORMAN is to be treasured. It’s one of the best performances in any movie this year.” -Chicago Sun-Times

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