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

Okay, my idea is, we find someone

like a Jo Wilf, or an Arthur Taub

and we get them to buy about

$300 million of debt

and then pay 80-90 cents on the dollar.

And let's say it's Jo Wilf,

he walks away with $30-40 million.

This is good.

I've thought it through, I know.

I just got to find someone

who can actually do this.

I take my seven percent.

You set it up, you get a finder's fee...

It's a lot of money.

And everybody wins.

Isn't this the scale?

The kind of deal that

Jo Wilf is looking for right now?


Yes, but I don't have direct contact

with Wilf. You know that, right?

Yeah, but you have friends there. Don't you?

I mean, this is your circle, right?

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

Yeah. Bill Kavish. You know him?

He works for Wilf. He is a friend.

- Yeah.

- Do you know his name?

- Maybe.

- You know his family.

His father was Henry Kavish.

You remember him?

He got into some kind of trouble.

Oh, yeah.

He was caught taking some money.

I don't know exactly

what happened there, but...

He was fired.

His wife left him.

Kids turned their backs on him.

He died alone and penniless.

- Bill is his youngest son.

- Introduce me to Bill.

I can give you his e-mail,

but I prefer not to send

a formal introduction, you know?

We represent clients

that do business with them...

I don't want to look like

I'm asking him for a favor.

Can I say that we're related?

- Can I say that I'm your uncle?

- No.

No. No. Don't make it a family thing.

It doesn't sound good.


It might not be a good idea

to mention my name.

Okay, you can say you know me.

Yeah, but please don't tell him

you got his address from me.

- Okay?

- Yeah.

Look, I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

It's tough.

You're like a drowning man

trying to wave at an ocean liner.

Jo Wilf is an ocean liner.

He doesn't see any of us. (CHUCKLES)

But I'm a good swimmer.

- Yeah.

- Don't forget that.

As long as my head is above water...


Good morning, Bill.

Norman Oppenheimer.

What the f***? Are you stalking me now?

No, I just need

a couple of minutes of your time.

I know you're busy.

Philip Cohen might have mentioned me.

No. This is my private time.

Please respect that. Call the office.

Does Philip know you're here?

- How did you even find me?

- It's just a business opportunity.

Look, I wouldn't be here

if it wasn't time-sensitive. Let me explain.

- Give me one minute.

- No.

A very high official...

I can't mention his name right now.

Made me an offer

to sell his country's tax receivables

to a third party for 80 cents

on the dollar...

Excuse me. I have to leave.

This is unacceptable, please.

Bill. Bill, no, I wouldn't be doing this

if I didn't think it was worth Jo's time.

Don't trust me, trust Philip.

Good things come in surprising ways.

You never know.

You never know, right?

I mean, what, worse comes to worse,

he kicks me out the door.

No! Worse comes to worse,

he kicks me out the door.

It is my job to keep people like you away.

Don't you get that?

- Yes.

- So please, respect my position.



I'm sorry. I don't know what else to say.

So I'll tell my partners

that we had a good conversation.

And we'll see what happens. Okay?

Thank you, Bill.

It's not just about this one deal.

It's about connecting to people

at the level of Wilf or Taub.

If only it were that easy.


I'm meeting a very high Israeli official

at a conference later today.

All I need is to get my Israeli

in a room with one of these guys.

I don't know if he would get involved

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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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