Arbitrage [2012]



Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki
Written by: Nicholas Jarecki
Starring: Richard Gere, Nate Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta

One of the finest movies of a year that’s drawing to a close and also, perhaps unfairly, one of the less talked-about. Riveting thriller is so well written by Nicolas Jarecki (who also directs) and so well performed by Richard Gere that it’s close to impossible not to root for its sleazy protagonist, allegedly modeled after Bernie Madoff.

With stellar dialog, this is an incredible opportunity for some fine actors to show off. Not just the perfectly cast Gere, but also Nate Parker, Susan Sarandon and a superb Brit Marling (let’s forget about Laetitia Casta, shall we?)

I think it’s fantastic that when the film started signaling its imminent ending, I was whispering under my breath “don’t be over, don’t be over”.  Arbitrage left me wanting more, and that’s a good thing.