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FilmNorman

Monday July 17th at 7 PM

Cinecenta

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JOSEPH CEDAR · USA · 2017 · 118 mins · PG

Richard Gere triumphs in the role of his career, as a scrappy Manhattan schmoozer of questionable ethics who gets in over his head.

Gere’s never been better. Norman, constantly on the make, is what you might call a macher, or at least that’s what he’s trying to be: a big deal. The movie has the kind of intricate structure that impresses you the more you think about it. After Norman lures a minor Israeli deputy minister (Lior Ashkenazi) into his confidence, the deputy has somehow become his country’s prime minister and Norman can almost taste his own arrival to the major leagues. But with global peace negotiations in the balance, scandal rains down, while Norman’s rabbi (a brilliantly transformed Steve Buscemi) expects his congregant to deliver on a promised windfall.

Norman is an intimate film that simply has no drawbacks. The movie ends on a note of metaphysical wittiness (how often do you see that?) suggesting that, for all their pot-stirring, we may need our Normans more than we know. 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. --Time Out New York

GERE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER, MORE ALIVE, ON SCREEN! Chicago TribuneGERE DESERVES TO BE REMEMBERED AT AWARDS TIME. Toronto StarCast RICHARD GERE, HANK AZARIA, STEVE BUSCEMI, CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG, MICHAEL SHEEN, DAN STEVENS