Synopsis: Norman Oppenheimer is the President of New York based Oppenheimer Strategies. His word-of-mouth business is consulting work largely in American-Israeli business and politics, that focus due to being Jewish. Most of that work is as a fixer: doing work that others don't want to do and with which they don't want to be officially associated. In reality, Norman is a shyster, and not a very good one at that. His office is comprised of his cell phone and whatever is stuffed in his satchel which is usually slung over his shoulder as he wanders the streets. What he promises is making connections, setting up a meeting between his guy and the other guy. Generally, "his guy" is non-existent, he dropping names of people he usually doesn't know to make connections. A usual tactic he uses is to say that his deceased wife was personally connected to so-and-so, such as being a babysitter, those stories always untrue. All he needs is for one of the people that he approaches to believe a story to build t
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Joseph Cedar
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

in a political situation.

Trust me, something good will happen.


...of chemical warfare

on a first name basis.

Some of them are married to Russian women.

But it should be a real contact

without a drop of arrogance.

Well, suppose someone says

you can't trust them.

You would say it is not a matter of trust

but one of national interest?

There is clearly a problem.

Is America pushing Russia

away from the West

and into the arms of China?

Some natural gas experts

in this room will say

that's exactly what they are doing

by encouraging a pipeline

between Israel and Turkey.

But as I always say,

when dealing with global interests,

we shouldn't be playing backgammon,

- Shesh Besh, you know.


Where you roll your dice

and hope for the best.

We should be playing chess.


The distinguished minister

speaking before me,

for whom I have a great deal of respect,

seems to know a lot about everything,

and it is hard to argue with him.

China, Russia, America...


- He must know what he is talking about.

He's my boss, after all.

And a very good chess player.

But, you know,

um, George Bernard Shaw once said,

"Some people see the way things are

and ask, 'Why?'

"I see how things should be

and ask, 'Why not?"'


Thank you, my friend.


- Okay. Hope to see you soon.

- Bye.


...people were there today.

You know, I'd be happy

to introduce you to him.

Shall I tell him that you are in town?

I could do that.

You know, I'm going to a dinner

at his house tonight. You can join me.

How do you know Arthur Taub?

Oh, my wife used to babysit him.

And then she ended up working for him,

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Joseph Cedar

Yossef (Joseph) Cedar (Hebrew: יוסף סידר; born August 31, 1968) is an Israeli film director and screenwriter. He has won a Silver Bear and an Ophir Award for Best Director, and an Ophir Award for writing a Best Screenplay. He also won the best screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his film Footnote (2011). more…

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