The New York Film Critics Series screened Norman: “The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” as part of their Spring Series.
The film follows Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) a New York fixer as he navigates New York City trying to build a name for himself while networking and building connections.
Throughout the film, Norman is seen trying to build friendships and relationships with others but often exaggerates his connections and what he can offer. He is constantly networking and looking for a way to help others, even when they don’t ask for it or want it.
Things began to change for him when he meets Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi) an Israeli politician who is visiting the city. Norman begins following Micha and ends up buying him an expensive pair of shoes. Micha is very thankful for the gift and remembers it fondly as the years pass by.
Micha Eshel becomes the Israel prime minster three years later. Him and Norman meet again. As soon as Norman is spotted, he is remembered by Micha and is introduced to other important people in Micah’s circle. With a new sense of pride and a feeling of belonging, Norman begins to hold his head high. Unfortunately Norman begins to once again exaggerate his connection with the new Israel prime minster. He uses his name while trying to make a deal with others. This begins a downward spiral for Norman and his connection with Eshel.
Following the film was a live discussion with Producer Miranda Bailey hosted by NYFCS Producer Mark Ehrenkranz. Mark asked what Miranda thinks drives Norman. She believed he was trying to be noticed and belong to something. He makes up things to get what he wants but also really wants to be a part of something and wanted by others. They spoke of Norman being a con man. Miranda believes that people think he is one but when Norman is able to fix one thing, people begin to forget all of his other lies.
The evening ended with a discussion and audience q&a with Mark Ehrenkranz and Stephen Whitty.
To find out what happens between Norman and Micha Eshel check out Norman in theatres now!