Directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen • 2019 • France
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Eddy Mitchell, Nicole Shirer
Cocreated and codirected for French television by celebrated Israeli author Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, THE MIDDLEMAN is a drolly offbeat four-part miniseries set in a captivatingly surreal universe. Mathieu Amalric, the hangdog everyman of Gallic cinema, stars as Olivier, a divorced real estate agent desperate to repair his strained relationship with his daughter and so broke he camps out in the apartments he is supposed to be selling. The death of his mother brings many surprises, including a very unexpected inheritance: a building on the outskirts of Paris. But what at first seems to be a windfall soon turns out to be a run-down money pit that only compounds our hapless hero’s problems. Luckily, Olivier has just the friend to guide him through these troubled times: a talking goldfish who turns out to be a most valuable confidant.