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The Middleman

Co-created and co-directed by acclaimed Israeli author Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret is one of the most prolific Israeli writers of his generation. In 2007, Keret and Shira Geffen won the Cannes Film Festival’s « Camera d’Or » Award for their movie “Jellyfish”. With ‘The Middleman’ Keret & Geffen this time have teamed up to create a series as absurd as it is amusing, exploring the lives of several characters in a unique universe.

Olivier is a real estate agent so broke he camps out in the apartments he is supposed to be selling. The death of his mother brings along many surprises, including a very unexpected inheritance: a run-down building on the outskirts of Paris! Faith renewed, Olivier is going to be able to pay long overdue child support, rebuild his relationship with his daughter, help his dad out and square up with his ex-wife. His hopes die out when he sees the building: it is completely run down, filthy, a burden rather than the life raft he needed. Moreover, an old woman, Liliane, is a squatter on the top floor, and he can’t flip the place with her around.

Trapped between blackmail, debts and threats, Olivier is struggling to keep a cool head. His only friend is the talking fish he saved from a near death, who turns out to be a trustworthy confidant and quite a droll character.

Genre: drama, mini-series

Format: 4×52′

Directed by: Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen

Produced by: Les Films du Poisson, Arte, GapBusters

Original Broadcasters: Arte

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Eddy Mitchell, Sarah Adler

Language: French

Year of production: 2019

International Sales: Federation

Format rights: Available

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