Fifth about The Seventh

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

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer: Joseph Cedar’s small drama is borderline farcical, and more interesting because of it; the root of the farce is the titular character, who is at the same time, somehow, unbearable, pathetic and endearing. Richard Gere manages that tight, tough balance beautifully; the rest of the cast has some good names that play well along Gere. However, as the film mixes a farcical plot with a serious tone, it manages to be a little cold. The film is technically fine: Yaron Scharf’s camerawork is serviceable, but it is the lively score by Jun Miyake that makes the difference here.

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