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 out his dad 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 squatting 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 form a near death, who turns out to be a trustworthy confidant and quite a droll character.
Co-creator and director Etgar Keret is one of the most prolific Israeli writers of his generation. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Paris Review. 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.
Genre: Dramedy / Fantasy
Producers: Les Films du Poisson, Arte, GapBusters
Original Broadcaster: Arte
Year of production: 2019
International sales: FEDERATION ENTERTAINMENT