Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, Gabriel Weinstein
Genre: Crime Drama
Language: English and Portuguese with English subtitles
Country of Origin: UK, Brazil 2014 114 mins.
Released by UNIVERSAL PICTURES
'Vibrant, multi-plot filled with stunning performances from the three leads, Stephen Daldry's optimistic tale deserves to be an audience crowd pleaser.'
Jose Angelo (Wagner Moura) throws his wallet onto a rubbish heap. Arrested by the police, the end's inevitable. When Rafael (Rickson Tevez) and Gardo (Luis Eduardo), two boys from Rio’s slum favelas who scavenge the vast rubbish landfills find the wallet with some cash, a photo of a girl and a key to a train station locker they share the cash. With word that the police are desperate to find the wallet, Rafael and Gardo realise that they're onto something and hide it. Teaming up with their pal Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), the boys find a mysterious code on the back of a photo and their extraordinary adventure begins in Rio's teeming backstreets.
Inspector Frederico (Selton Mello) needs that wallet and the boys have it. Unknowingly they've trespassed into the world of corrupt politicians, kickbacks and police brutality. The boys need to figure out friend from foe and with the the help of a disillusioned do-gooder American missionary priest, Father Julliard (Martin Sheen), who enjoys a tipple and aide worker Olivia (Rooney Mara) unravel the secret of Jose Amgelo's wallet in this race to find a missing fortune.
With a Richard Curtis script based on the Andy Mulligan novel of the same name, street patois dialogue, skilful editing by Elliott Graham and beautifully shot by Adriano Goldman with three captivating lead performances, it hits the right buttons. The three leads plucked from the streets with no previous acting experience have bundles of natural charm give wow performances that carry the film. Some may suggest that 'Trash' isn't gritty enough but it's not intended to tread into 'City of God' (Fernando Meirelles) or 'Waste Land' (Lucy Walker) territory.