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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer - Trailer and Clip


Norman Oppenheimer is a New York based hustler determined to climb the social ladder and make connections with all the important people. It's never really clear why he's so desperate to do often dubious favours for people of the elite that he barely knows, but he certainly uses his meetings as ammunition during social occasions, name-dropping where he can and wheedling his way into conversations that might benefit him in the future. He does everything he can to ensure that people meet and remember him, even if that means chasing people down on their morning jog or breaking into their homes. Nobody really knows the truth about his job, his background or even his family, but one thing that's for sure is that his life is about to be turned upside down after a down-and-out young politician he met three years ago becomes the Prime Minister of Israel.

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Cupcakes Review


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Eurovison fans will find this Israeli comedy to be sheer cinematic joy. Not only is it a hilariously astute satire of the music competition, but it's also packed with deeper political meaning. And the music makes us want to dance. It's also a refreshing shift for filmmaker Eytan Fox, whose previous films like The Bubble and Yossi dealt with much darker themes.

In the latest UniverSong contest, Israel came in dead last. So of course everyone thinks they could do better next year. When a group of friends improvise a song to cheer up their recently single cupcake-baker pal Anat (Anat Waxman), the idea gains traction. Schoolteacher Ofer (Ofer Shechter) leads the charge, but lawyer Yael (Yael Bar Zohar) and politician Dana (Dana Ivgy) feel that such silly competitions will belittle their careers. Blogger Keren (Keren Berger) thinks she has no talent, while musician Efrat (Efrat Dor) thinks he's above this kind of silly pop. But the real challenge for this group is to perform the song their way, because the powers that be want them to fit into the usual mould.

Fox further complicates everything with romantic entanglements for all six characters, each of which adds to the central theme about overcoming fear to do the right thing. For example, Ofer's boyfriend (Alon Levi) is too famous to come out as gay, while Yael is having a fling with her boss (Lior Ashkenazi). And while all of these storylines make the film feel a bit overcrowded, they're easily kept apart because Fox colour-codes the entire movie, giving each character his or her own hue, like Teletubbies.

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