The Middle Man

In a town plagued by disaster, one man holds the job of breaking the worst news to its citizens, in director Bent Hamer’s latest oddball comedy.

Frank Farrelli takes on the job as a middle man in the God-forsaken town of Karmack, USA, a community in a depression so deep that they need a middle man to professionally communicate more of the bad news.

"I’ve been a Bent Hamer fan since the droll Norwegian auteur’s 'Kitchen Stories' (2003) satirized efficiency researchers. You wouldn’t call the people of his new film efficient, but they certainly are busybodies. It’s set in a disaster-prone U.S. town (played by Sault Ste. Marie) and co-stars Canadian film luminaries Paul Gross, Don McKellar, Sheila McCarthy, Kenneth Welsh and Rossif Sutherland. The theme is grief, not normally a subject for mirth. But just watch Norwegian actor Pal Sverre Hagen go as Frank, the absurd 'middle man' tasked with being the bearer of bad news." - Peter Howell's '10 Best from TIFF 2021', The Toronto Star

"The Middle Man is an understated gem." - Globe & Mail


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