Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer Director: Joseph Cedar. Starring: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen. USA/Israel 2016. 118 mins. Richard Gere excels as an unctuous New York middleman keen to peddle influence on behalf of his ‘very good friends’ but ultimately, of course, for his own benefit. With delightfully witty performances from Steve Buscemi as a sympathetic rabbi and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the sceptical embassy official.