Norman

Norman

Norman

Richard Gere is Norman, a New York fixer in this Israeli-American drama from writer-director Joseph Cedar (winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes 2011 for Hearat Shulayim). Co-stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen and Steve Buscemi.

"This absorbing character study stars Richard Gere as Norman, a seasoned 'macher': a man who knows the right people and gets things done. When an Israeli dignitary, Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), visits New York, Norman decides to make an impression by buying him some extremely expensive shoes. A gold-star connection is made, but three years later Eshel winds up becoming Israel's prime minister and is suddenly hugely inaccessible. Norman's circle begins asking him to write cheques he can no longer cash — and the fallout could destroy the reputation Norman has spent his life building." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2016Rating: M, Coarse language118 minsIsrael, USA
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a whimsical character study of a lonely Jewish fixer

If there is a theme in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2017) it may be that sycophantic fixers are everywhere. They are the loners who gravitate towards successful people, offering favours, dropping names, and arranging introductions to ingratiate and elevate themselves. They are driven by self-interest and thrive in...

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Variety

Variety

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In another strong late-career role, Richard Gere plays a New York hustler whose ambiguous connection to the Israeli prime minister causes trouble.

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Time Out

Time Out

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Gere, his Cheshire-cat smile only improving with age, has found his most essential role, one that pushes his smooth operator's desperation to the limit.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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[Gere] gives a strong performance as a desperate social climber in this fractured drama that works best as a flawed character study.

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Stuff

Stuff

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Richard Gere is at his controlled and charismatic best in this surprisingly effective low-budget character drama.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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What’s best about the film is how Cedar and Gere have dreamed up a character who’s equally desperate and preternaturally ingratiating.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Gere delivers a career best in this complex curiosity.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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This delicate, novelistic character study is what more American independent films would be like if more were made by thoughtful grown-ups who gravitated toward nuance and complexity.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Gere presides over it all with an impressively self-effacing portrait of a man who, while you wouldn’t want to experience him in real life, remains fascinating onscreen from beginning to end.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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Norman is pitched somewhere between comedy and character-driven drama, succeeding as neither.

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Variety

Variety

press

In another strong late-career role, Richard Gere plays a New York hustler whose ambiguous connection to the Israeli prime minister causes trouble.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Gere, his Cheshire-cat smile only improving with age, has found his most essential role, one that pushes his smooth operator's desperation to the limit.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

[Gere] gives a strong performance as a desperate social climber in this fractured drama that works best as a flawed character study.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Richard Gere is at his controlled and charismatic best in this surprisingly effective low-budget character drama.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

What’s best about the film is how Cedar and Gere have dreamed up a character who’s equally desperate and preternaturally ingratiating.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Gere delivers a career best in this complex curiosity.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This delicate, novelistic character study is what more American independent films would be like if more were made by thoughtful grown-ups who gravitated toward nuance and complexity.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Gere presides over it all with an impressively self-effacing portrait of a man who, while you wouldn’t want to experience him in real life, remains fascinating onscreen from beginning to end.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Norman is pitched somewhere between comedy and character-driven drama, succeeding as neither.

0

a whimsical character study of a lonely Jewish fixer

If there is a theme in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2017) it may be that sycophantic fixers are everywhere. They are the loners who gravitate towards successful people, offering favours, dropping names, and arranging introductions to ingratiate and elevate themselves. They are driven by self-interest and thrive in...

4.0
0