Arbitrage has been on my “must see” list for 2012 since January when it debuted at Sundance, so I am thrilled that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released three new clips from Nicholas Jarecki’s directorial debut. Arbitrage stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon (who is having a fantastic year - Robot and Frank, The Big Wedding, Cloud Atlas, The Company You Keep - the last 2 going to TIFF- and we won't even mention the one GIANT misstep) and Tim Roth in what appears to be an intelligent, well-written and most of all well-acted thriller; the kind of movie that I not only want to see at the theater but I have a feeling I’ll stop to watch whenever I come across it on cable for years to come.
ARBITRAGE, the feature directorial debut of writer Nicholas Jarecki, is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller's also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Côte (Laetitia Casta). Just as he's about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from Miller's past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits. Running on borrowed time, Miller is forced to confront the limits of even his own moral duplicity. Will he make it out before the bubble bursts?
It's interesting that the tag line on the poster is "Power is the Best Alibi". Richard Gere made a little movie for Sidney Lumet in 1990 called Power. The posters are nothing alike, but the image of Gere on the Arbitrage poster brought that movie to mind.
The film also stars Monica Raymond, William Friedkin, Chris Eigeman, Bruce Altman and Stuart Margolin. Arbitrage will be in theaters in the US on September 14. Enjoy the clips! You can see the first trailer here.