ArbitrageOriginal Title: Arbitrage
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
USA, United Arab Emirates | English
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