Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon top an eye-popping cast in this riveting thriller. “Nicholas Jarecki’s ARBITRAGE stars Richard Gere as a famed venture capitalist who runs into trouble when his attempt to sell his company—combined with an untimely auto accident—threatens to reveal the financial and personal improprieties that he’s tried to keep from his wife (Susan Sarandon) and from their grown daughter, who works for Gere. The arrogance of the powerful—and how they make deals based on perception, not reality—is laid bare here, in a narrative that unfolds over a few days and neatly makes all of Jarecki’s points about corrupt institutions….Between Gere matching wits with a police detective played by Tim Roth and him having to explain himself to the steely Sarandon, ARBITRAGE is never dull. And as these characters jostle with each other, making demands and swapping lies, Jarecki does get across something meaningful about how for a certain type of person, everything in life is a negotiation.”—Noel Murray, A.V. Club. R. 100 Min.
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