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All Richard Gere wants to do in writer/director Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage” is complete that billion dollar merger that will set him up for life, swim in the adoration of his daughter Brit Martling, and o course, enjoy the company of his uber hot French mistress played by former French supermodel Laetetia Casta. Then he gets into a car accident, the mistress ends up dead, and all of a sudden Tim Roth is all over his ass. What’s Richard Gere to do? Lie, lie, and then lie some more, apparently. Or at least, that seems to be his Plan A, B, and C in the first trailer for “Arbitrage”.
ARBITRAGE, the feature-directing 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 Cote (Laetetia 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?
Also starring Susan Sarandon as the loyal, long-suffering wife and Nate Parker as the shady friend from the past who helps Gere cover up his bad deeds.
In theaters and Video on Demand September 14th, 2012.