Posted on May 20, 2017


Norman – One of the oddest movies I’ve seen in a long time. Not sure I can explain it, partly because the subtitles (when the Israelis were talking) were partially hidden. Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) is a consultant who wants to help people even if they don’t want his help. He’s pushy, he makes things up. and just out and out lies. In the beginning, he’s desperate to make a deal selling a country’s tax receivables at 80 cents on the dollar. He buys a pair of frightfully expensive shoes for one of Israel’s assistant prime ministers Mischa Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi. A few years later, Eshel becomes the PM.

Then it gets murkier. The PM acts like Norman is his best friend, but his aides keep him away by never putting his calls through. Norman brags to the wrong person, criminal investigator Alex Green (Charlotte Gainsbourg), about his gift to Eshel. Interesting to note, a big Wells Fargo sign in background on NY street. Appropriate sponsor for financial corruption?

As I said, it’s odd, but somewhat worth it just to see Richard Gere. Wouldn’t mind seeing it again when it comes out on dvd with subtitles I can totally read and figure out the complete story.