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I haven’t seen any film more often in recent years and none of them still shakes me every time, makes me tense, makes me cheer and even makes me sweat on my forehead: We’re talking about «Uncut Gems» alias » The Black Diamond «, the best Netflix film of all time for me and the FILMSTARTS editors.
«The Black Diamond» was actually made by the production and distribution company A24, which is known for extraordinary, courageous and, above all, always original films, but outside the USA the rights were assigned to Netflix. That’s why the masterful thriller drama by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie is considered a Netflix original — and is one of only four so-called Netflix films that were able to get 5 stars in the FILMSTARTS review. Only David Fincher’s » Mank «, the drama » Pieces Of A Woman » and Alex Garland’s sci-fi masterpiece » Annihilation » have this highest rating“, which Netflix also only bought and which is now available for rent and purchase on Blu-ray and other streaming providers, but is still marketed by Netflix as a so-called original .
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«The Black Diamond»: So much more than Adam Sandler at his best
Now back to The Black Diamond, which I’ve streamed more than a dozen times on Netflix and seen on Blu-ray imported from the US (and had the good fortune to see on the big screen at a New York cinema once). be able). Adam Sandler , who is usually more committed to comedy roles and rightly praised for this film in the highest tones , plays the New York diamond dealer Howard Ratner here. He is addicted to gambling, always has several bets going and now senses the big coup. He got his hands on a black opal that should not only get him out of his gambling debts but also ensure a fat payday.
But when he borrows diamond basketball star Kevin Garnett , everything goes haywire. Pursued by thugs and managing fragile relationships with wife Dinah ( Idina Menzel ), lover Julia ( Julia Fox ) and their two children, Howard must save his skin…
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