Trash

"Very Good"

Trash Review


With elements of political corruption and life-threatening prejudice, this film has a rather much darker premise than the youthful Slumdog Millionaire adventure it seems to be. While much of the movie revels in teen camaraderie and finding happiness amid poverty, the plot itself is actually rather dark, intense and violent. All of this kind of muddies any message the story might be trying to carry, but it definitely holds the interest, with lively central characters and an intriguing core mystery.

It's set primarily in the Rio dump, where 14-year-old Rafael (Rickson Tevez) sifts through rubbish looking for treasures. One day he finds an ordinary wallet and splits the cash inside with his pal Gardo (Eduardo Luis). But other contents hint at something much bigger. And that's confirmed when the police swoop in demanding answers. Top detective Federico (Selton Mello) is so intent on finding the wallet that Rafael and Gardo go into hiding, teaming up outcast teen Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) to solve the mystery themselves. But the cops are too brutal to be messing with, and they're right on the boys' trail. The only adults around to help are Father Juilliard (Martin Sheen) and charity worker Olivia (Rooney Mara). And they know better than to cross the police.

Yes, this is a story set in a world of deeply corrupt cops and even more perverse politicians. In flashback, the film also traces the story of the wallet's owner Jose Angelo (Wagner Moura) and his clash with a dirty politician. Director Daldry and writer Curtis struggle to balance the crowd-pleasing aspects of the film with the seriously nasty realities of how people rampantly exploit the poor in Brazil (and everywhere, obviously). The movie wants to be a boys' adventure romp, chasing clue after clue to piece together a much bigger mystery. But the truth of corruption and prejudice is much too big for such a breezy adventure.

Yes, it's a rather simplistic portrayal of a messy reality. The boys are cheeky and relentlessly engaging (we can't help but want to adopt them), while the villains are never less than evil and charity workers Sheen and Mara are a bit too saintly. And of course the title's multiple meanings aren't lost on anyone: these boys know that the authorities think of them as trash. They also know not to expect justice in a system that is weighed against them. But this being a movie, the fact that they are doing the right thing is clearly enough to redeem them. All of this may be hugely satisfying as cinema, but it's sadly clear that it's not particularly realistic.

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Trash

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 110 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 18th February 1971

Production compaines: O2 Filmes, Working Title Films, PeaPie Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , Kris Thykier

Starring: as Olivia, as Father Juilliard / Padre Juilliard, as José Angelo, Selton Mello as Frederico, André Ramiro as Marco, Jesuíta Barbosa as Turk, Daniel Zettel as Carlos' partner / Sócio de Carlos, as Santos, Nelson Xavier as Jefferson, Nelson Xavier as Jefferson, Rickson Tevez as Raphael, Gisele Fróes as Santos's wife / Esposa de Santos, José Dumont as Carlos, Gabriel Weinstein as Pia, Maria Eduarda as Rato

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