Yesterday, around 5:45pm, Tim and I realized we wanted to see The Master that very evening. Unfortunately, a couple of hundred New Yorkers had the same plan and were bright enough to book in advance. So we opted for Arbitrage, a movie about power starring Richard Gere as a sleek, successful, relentlessly ambitious and desperate business man: Robert Miller. He lives in Gramercy Park, unwillingly stars on the cover of Forbes Magazine, is about to sell his family firm to a bigger player and then accidentally kills his sensuous mistress (ooh, miss Casta). What follows next is a thrilling battle between a detective and Miller.
I love this movie for two reasons:
It’s fascinating to see the life of the inconceivably rich power brokers. When Miller flies 2.000 miles, the only times he steps foot on a public street is the short walk between the limo and his front door.
Miller is ok with all the bad stuff he does, because he ‘has responsibilities’. When he deceives his daughter, it’s for ‘her own good’. He’s the fucking patriarch, after all. This makes him a bad guy, who comes up with lame excuses for his greed. At the same time, he gives millions to charity and society profits from his wealth. The moral tension between these two extremes is some good fodder for discussion.
Ok, I’m off reading some reviews. Go see Arbitrage for yourself, here’s the trailer:
Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia and There Will be Blood) has shot ‘a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man’.
“All this is worked out with masterly ease. The camera glides in, pulls back, remains flexibel and fluid. ‘To Rome with Love’ is devoted to dreamers and seekers. (..) Some lives are altered; some couples split up, others go back to their original partners and embrace to old existance again. The only crime imaginable in this benevolent movie is the unwillingness to take a chance.”