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It is strange to discover this, but Arbitrage is the first and only time that actor Richard Gere (Days of Heaven) and director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls) have ever worked together. Never mind, of course, that the film is actually directed by feature-film rookie Nicholas Jarecki, rather than Paul Verhoeven. Jarecki so thoroughly channels the hollow-man ambitions, smug moral posturing and incongruous driving-synth atmospherics of Dutch-era Verhoeven that the director hangs in gross plasticene effigy over the entire proceedings. The plot? Richard Gere is terribly suave and terribly rich and he done so wrong with his money and he can’t make it right, no matter how often he tells his daughter and mistress and wife he loves them all. Arbitrage is putatively a story of financial misdeeds—wrapped up in arcana of derivative, doubled bookkeeping and hamfisted industrial espionage—but at its heart it is the fable of Icarus. Richard Gere has gotten too gosh darn close to the sun, and for his sins his charred feathers and tarnished helm will be ceremonially stripped from his body, Shirley Jackson style, by every single aggrieved woman who survives him. No one in this film is likable, all are wrong, all is wretched isolation, and somewhere a young Michael Mann is beating a very angry drum.

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  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, September 14, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Brief Violent Images, Drug Use, Language ]
  • Critic's Score: B
  • Starring: Richard Gere [Robert Miller], Tim Roth [Det. Michael Bryer], Susan Sarandon [Ellen Miller], Brit Marling [Brooke Miller], Evelina Oboza [Emma], Monica Raymund [Reina], Laetitia Casta [Julie Cote], Nate Parker [Jimmy Grant]
  • Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki [Director], Nicholas Jarecki [Screenwriter], Laura Bickford [Producer], Kevin Turen [Producer], Justin Nappi [Producer], Robert Salerno [Producer], Brian Young [Executive Producer], Mohammed Turki [Executive Producer], Lisa Wilson [Executive Producer], Stanislaw Tyczynski [Executive Producer], Lauren Versel [Executive Producer], Maria Arida [Executive Producer], Ron Curtis [Executive Producer], Yorick Le Saux [Cinematographer], Beth Mickle [Production Design], Douglas Crise [Film Editor], Joseph Aulisi [Costume Designer], Laura Rosenthal [Casting]
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