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Arbitrage

Arbitrage

Original Title: Arbitrage
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
USA, United Arab Emirates | English
2012 | 106min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: DCP
15+
Wall Street hedge fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is the picture of success: he has a beautiful wife, a bright daughter following in the family business and billions of dollars – or so it seems. As it turns out, Miller also has a mountain of debt that is becoming increasingly hard to conceal, an escalating record of both business and personal frauds and an adamant detective on his tail following an accident with his sultry young mistress. As he celebrates his 60th birthday, it seems his gift for financial wizardry has abandoned him, and he’s desperately trying to sell the empire he built from scratch, cash out and – just maybe – still live happily ever after. But as the twists and turns of this dramatic thriller unfold, Miller finds more than his fortune at stake.

Making his narrative feature debut, writer/director Nicholas Jarecki recalls – in the best way – the spirit of sophisticated, character-driven thrillers hat flourished in the United States in the ’70s and ’80s in the hands of directors like Sidney Lumet, but Jarecki turns Arbitrage into something all his own – and he has a dream cast to help him do it. Gere’s natural charm works twofold, letting us see his character’s humanity – we even get sucked into cheering him on as he’s committing unspeakable acts of deception. Susan Sarandon is pitch-perfect as Robert’s society-minded wife; and as his daughter, Brit Marling issues another reminder that she is the young actress to watch. And let’s just say you wouldn’t want Tim Roth’s tenacious detective hunting you down.

– Joel Hoglund

Director,  Nicholas Jarecki

Director,  Nicholas Jarecki

Nicholas Jarecki is a writer, director and producer with a degree in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He began his career making documentaries and music videos in the US. He is the director of the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary The Outsider. He co-wrote and produced the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ bestseller The Informers and, and co-produced the documentary Tyson, which won a special jury prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He also wrote the bestselling book Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start.

Cast and Crew

Director
Nicholas Jarecki
Cast
Richard Gere, Tim Roth, Susan Sarandon, Nate Parker, Brit Marling
Producer
Laura Bickford, Kevin Turen, Robert Salerno, Justin Nappi
Screenwriter
Nicholas Jarecki
Editor
Douglas Crise
Cinematographer
Yorick Le Saux
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