Arbitrage (2012)

US / 107 minutes / color / Roadside Attractions, Green Room, TreeHouse, Parlay, LB, Artina, Alvernia, Lucky Monkey, Lionsgate Dir & Scr: Nicholas Jarecki Pr: Laura Bickford, Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi, Robert Salerno Cine: Yorick Le Saux Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Nate Parker, Stuart Margolin, Curtiss Cook, Reg E. Cathey.

A borderline noir set in the world of high finance, where high-flyer Robert Miller (Gere) has been cooking the books at Miller Investments to guarantee ‑‑ he hopes ‑‑ the company’s sale to another. When he crashes the car in which he’s driving with artist mistress Julie Côte (Casta), killing her, he makes off, enlisting the help of Jimmy Grant (Parker), son of an old friend, to get him home, where wife Ellen (Sarandon) apparently believes he’s been sleeping beside her all night save for a brief excursion to buy ice cream. But the cops, in the shape of Det. Michael Bryer (Roth), aren’t as stupid as Robert thinks they are, and neither are Ellen nor their daughter Brooke (Marling), Robert’s heir apparent at the company. With all aspects of his life unraveling around him as he descends into the noir abyss, Robert must do whatever it takes to survive.

Gere delivers one of his better performances and is offered strong support from the rest of the cast, notably Parker as the Harlem youth who, though he has some criminal form in his past, proves to have several times the integrity of his supposed social superiors, Det. Bryer included. The movie’s conclusion achieves a small masterpiece of cynicism.


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