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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
By Rouén Robinson
Mar 13, 2017 - 10:29:43 AM

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A Look at What One Man is Willing to Endure to Prove His Relevance


A small time business facilitator befriends a young politician from a foreign country in an attempt to prove his relevance. When the politician reaches the highest office he can in his country, the business facilitator soon finds himself in a situation he never imagined himself important enough to be ensnared in.

Norman Oppenheimer is sole employee of Oppenheimer Strategies trying to show he is still someone of note by connecting with people held in high esteem by certain members of his community. Micha Eshel is an Israeli politician who Norman befriends, but when he becomes Prime Minister he sounds finds that his connection to Norman may become a serious liability. Srul Katz is a wheeler-dealer that has been trying to find the right situation to introduce himself to Norman and has modeled himself in the same type of business facilitating network. Alex is a person who becomes interested in Norman’s business dealings after a chance meeting on a train where he persistently offers to help her any way he can.

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is a well executed drama with elements of a lighthearted romp mixed in with the consequences of a political thriller. The film gives us a telling view of the way our social interactions can be seen as self serving exercises of ego gratification or altruistic endeavors to make the world a better place. Richard Gere gives an excellent performance of a man trying to stay relevant within his community as he grows older by proving his worth as a facilitator greasing the wheels to make the deals that will be mutually beneficial for all involved. Joseph Cedar’s writing and directing envelope you in the world of political intrigue in such a way that you can understand how a small societal compromise can lead to a bigger faux pas on an international stage. This film shows how everyone in their own way wishes to be helpful, but nobody wants to feel used.

I rate this motion picture a 3 & 1/2 out of 5.   

Limited Release



See other reviews by Rouén HERE.


Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen




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