BY PETER MALONE
ARBITRAGE. Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Brit Marling. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki. 100 minutes. Rated MA 15+ (Strong themes and coarse language).
We might not be able to win an economics quiz accurately describing what arbitrage is, but it is a term which deals with competing bids and margins of profit (more or less).
It is clearly a theme in this financial drama and thriller – it also serves as a metaphor for the behaviour of the central character, corporation high flyer, Robert Martin, concerning his life and risks as patriarch of his family (his word) and the interests and risks of his financial empire.
For most audiences, this will prove to be a fascinating drama of a man who has made major wrong decisions and is trapped when the circumstances he has created begin to unravel. He has told initial lies and they have disastrous consequences as they lead to other lies and other lies.
The film blends questions of morality, plausible arguments about how the truth might harm many others, and cynicism about how the captains of industry can walk unscathed through life
– Fr Peter Malone MSC is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting
Arbitrage (Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting)