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Arbitrage

Year: 2012
Production Co: Green Room Films
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Writer: Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta
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This movie is more about the performances and set-up than the plot. Gere is finance industry titan Robert Miller, trying to offload his huge investment fund to a buyer so he can retire.

To do so, he's already fudged figures to a degree that could bring the weight of the law down on his head, and things go from bad to worse late one night on a lonely highway. It seems Miller's had his share of mistresses, and the latest is a hot young French artist (Casta) he's invested in to get her a gallery showing.

Stressed at running back and forth between his dedicated wife (Sarandon) and family and the girlfriend who's constantly angry because he's never around, he tells her on a whim he's taking her away for the weekend to placate her.

Dozing off while driving, he sends the car plummeting into the guardrail and down the embankment, his lover dead of a broken neck. Knowing any police involvement will derail both the deal and his marriage, he desperately calls the only person he can think to help who doesn't have an agenda against him – the son of a former employee who's finally back on the straight and narrow after having Robert as a silent benefactor during his youth.

But there's too much evidence still around pointing to him, and while a detective (Roth) keen to secure Miller's arrest dogs him, things threaten to unravel at work too, especially when his smart daughter and CFO (Marling) finds the doctored books.

Standouts here are Marling, who's proving against all odds that if you're a young, attractive woman you don't have to take your clothes off to be successful in films, and Sarandon (as always). As a viewer you should know beforehand, but she plays a woman smart enough to know much more than she lets on.

Like more than one movie this year, it depicts an essentially despicable person getting away with what he's done.

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