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When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael and Gardo, realize that what they’ve found must be important.

Also Known As: Trash: A Esperança Vem do Lixo, Odpad Czech, Smeti, Siuksles, Trash, Desechos y Esperanza, Desechos y esperanza, Измет, Smece, Σκουπίδια, Smiec, Lixo, Favelas, Мусор, Milionári zo smetiska, Trash, Umut Kırıntıları, Свалка, Trash, ladrones de esperanza, Szeméttelep

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  • virginie-joseph-le-collin
    virginie joseph le collin

    A much much recommended movie for every movie lover out there ! This movie shows up all the emotions, the inner willpower and the determination that one can have and make sure that extra effort does not go in vain.This movie has been brilliantly directed by Stephen Daldry, and the 3 main character’s of the movie, the three young kids.. Wow.. what an acting. The story starts with the same stuff about Brazil, the undermining situation of the people there, kids living a low life, and the sudden change in the story, make it worth watching.All the 3 kids Raphael, Rato and Gardo, they would keep you so much into the excitement, the adrenaline rush, the curiosity you would have of what is gonna happen next !From start to the end, this movie is gonna make you stick to your seats ! A much much highly recommended movie for all !

  • esperanza-elisa-esteban-morcillo
    esperanza elisa esteban morcillo

    Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry’s latest film focused around the younger generation is most certainly not the feel good movie you may have been expecting. After either hearing about Trash or even seeing the films front cover one may be expecting a feel good romp but Trash’s greatest success and also in some ways its greatest weakness is the fact that it’s not afraid to go dark, real dark making it an uneasy mix between family adventure and dead set violent thriller.A huge step up from Daldry’s last big screen adventure (although that’s not a grand achievement), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Trash see’s the long serving British thespian head to Brazil to direct this effort, a film that in a wide serving way mixes elements of The Goonies, Stand By Me and other children on a mission movies into a quite complicated and often downright bleak story written for the screen by famed writer/director Richard Curtis, creator of Love Actually.Flirting the line between a feel good tale of struggling young Brazilian kids who may just have a chance at a better shot at life than a struggle to make ends meet at the local city garbage dump and a genuine life or death good vs evil tale of political corruption mixed with some torture and murder, Trash isn’t afraid to show the darker side to this party locale. From memory I can’t recall a film that was so quick to show violence towards children, one particular scene involving an unbuckled backseat passenger in a speeding cop car is easily one of the more uncomfortable scenes you’ll witness this year and it sets Trash apart from any of its counterparts for better or worse.At the centre of this sometimes uneasy film in both tone and subject are 3 child performances that really make Trash a film worth tracking down. With no previous before camera acting experience, Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein excel in their respective roles and create a trio of young lads that we can root for. Surrounded by industry veteran Martin Sheen in the token ‘white saviour” role and the always impressive Rooney Mara, these boys are the stars of the show that are only matched by Brazil itself as the films biggest wins.Trash suffers from some form of identity crisis that stops it from ever reaching a great height, clearly backed up the films weak cinematic box office haul and somewhat muted critical reception and if the film had backed itself in as either a pure adventure or a jet black thriller it may’ve had more chance to really breakout. With some great young performers outshining there experienced co-stars and with Brazil as alive as ever, Trash is still worth your time even though like the dump the boys live in, you’ll have to wade through the garbage for your rewards.3 non-cleanly swimming spots out of 5

  • melissa-judd
    melissa judd

    Big name actors: Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara and Wagner Moura (the Brazilian cinema’s Tom Hanks), fine as they are in this film, take a back seat to the three main kids. The youngsters are very good in their roles, which take up most of the screen time. But the story needs a lot of “suspension of disbelief” on the part of the audience. At one point it really was much too far-fetched for me. But there were so many positives that I just said “Oh well, I’m even going to overlook this nonsense, and just enjoy the rest.”

  • stefania-stoica
    stefania stoica

    As the film starts, we see a respectable man at the funeral of a young girl before being pursued and caught by corrupt police working for a politician. He throws a wallet onto a passing trash lorry, and it ends up at the dump where it is picked up by Raphael, a young scavenger. From here, Raphael and his two friends Gardo and Rato pursue the clues which the contents of the wallet offer them, even as they are being pursued by the police.You may see this Portuguese language film promoted as a Martin Sheen / Rooney Mara movie: don’t be misled. Sheen and Mara are a bit more than blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em, but not by much. This film belongs to the youngsters at its heart, and particularly Rickson Tevez as Raphael. The film is set entirely in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, and has an incredible sense of atmosphere. The kids are engaging and very naturalistic. The plot is a bit cookie-cutter, but is still effective and suspenseful.I wasn’t terribly convinced by the ending, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

  • dr-kissne-toth-klara
    dr kissne toth klara

    My boyfriend has been trying to get me to watch this movie for months. We finally got the chance to sit down and watch it two weeks ago. I was so tired, so even though we began to watch it I planned on falling asleep. My oh my, I could not close my eyes for even a second because it was so captivating. This movie was such a breath of fresh air from the American movies I am used to watching. It takes you into Brazil’s world of crime, poverty and corruption and somehow makes you want to stay there. The connection that you form with the characters is so strong – from the three little children that are on a relentless journey for prosperity, to the young, white American woman who wants to help, to the pope that continues to wear himself out all in an effort to build up his community – this movie has you rooting for these characters from beginning to end. The hopping around of languages in the movie is no barrier to your entertainment. If anything, it makes you pay more attention and increases your focus because you don’t want to miss anything that is said. This movie was not only entertaining and told the story of how millions across the world are living (risking their lives everyday in hopes for a better life) it also taught me so much about a country that I have never visited. I not only loved this movie, I appreciated it and am looking forward to watching more movies like this one!

  • guiseppe-vogt
    guiseppe vogt

    This film was best in every department. Strong political story with a journey and fight for justice all characters done their job very weel DI Colour of this film was soo cool overall a fantastic movie

  • janne-van-den-brand
    janne van den brand

    The movie reminds us of the slums in India which was the background for Slumdog Millionaire. An issue was raised whether the slums really benefited through the box office hit movie. Still have doubts whether this did too but we can applaud the efforts of raising the question of ‘how far will you go to ensure justice?’or in the words of the movie ‘because its right’. Hope this movie will expose the corruption in the law enforcement agencies around the world and the lone struggle of few people who are standing up for justice in these societies. Are you one of them or are you that person turning a blind eye? its a fact that the poor when received will give out most of it and the rich will always try to hoard.

  • jean-davis
    jean davis

    As if the country of Brazil didn’t have enough problems with the Zika virus nowadays, they are apparently plagued with being the setting for this abominable film.Ruinporn Christian propaganda with painfully awkward white-brown race interactions where a trash-picking gang of urchins wade their way through sewage and parkour over their quaint dump-shanty favela while evading swarms of riot gear-clad policemen to solve the mystery of the dump-scavenged wallet. Did I mention the kids all hang out with the local white English-speaking missionaries? Heaps of overt bible-themed symbolism slopped onto this whole salvation quest still don’t stop the grail at the end of the rainbow from being filled with a huge wad of cash. Incidentally, contains some of the most hamfistedly anti-police imagery I’ve seen in a while. Still quite an awful piece of work.

  • roberto-de-ayllon
    roberto de ayllon

    The common images of Brazil are soccer/football, Carnaval, the Amazon rainforest, the beaches, and Christ the Redeemer. A less flattering image of Latin America’s largest country is the favelas, tightly packed ghettos full of people ignored by society. Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” looks at some teenage inhabitants of the favelas who are digging through garbage one day when they find a wallet that could upset local politics. Not surprisingly, they become targets of a merciless police force.This is what one might call the real Brazil. Much like Fernando Meirelles’s “City of God”, “Trash” shows what life is like for a large portion of Brazil’s population. When the boys cross into the downtown, one can see a sharp contrast between this part of town and the slums where the boys live. One of Lula’s goals was eliminating hunger, but he and Rousseff weakened their legacies by demolishing favelas to make room for sports stadiums (and it’s all but certain that the Olympic stadium will never get used after the games next year).This is a different turn for Daldry after his past few movies. Although “Billy Elliott” also dealt with class issues, “The Hours” focused more on gender issues (I haven’t seen “The Reader” or “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”). I’d say that Martin Sheen’s long-time political activism makes him the right person for the role of the priest servicing the favela. All in all, it’s a really good movie. I recommend it.

  • kalervo-lehtinen
    kalervo lehtinen

    Trash is set in the rubbish tip mountains of Rio de Janeiro, where three amazingly talented actors of around 14 pull off more escapes from police, politicians, thug minders and their own cronies than is possibly believable. Having skirted the societally impossible task of presenting accurately what being a real life garbage rat must actually be like, this film careers around corrupt politicians, well meaning priests, assorted hangers-on and a lot of low life the bottom of the pile attracts. Martin Sheen as Fr Juilliard is excellent and with Wagner Moura, Selton Mello and Rickson Tevez as the young protagonists the film has heaps of energy. I got a bit sick of the endless chases up and down the insides and outsides of cramped ghetto village buildings, but they were more interesting than endless futuristic CGI end of the universe shootouts. It’s a bit too schmaltzy, a bit too long, the destination is telegraphed early and nothing really makes you think the ending will be other than as it unfolds. But it’s good fun, entertaining and mostly uplifting – just don’t take it too seriously.

  • natasha-vincent
    natasha vincent

    I was recommended this movie on several occasions by some of my Brazilian friends, and was never able to find the time to watch it. I always prioritized other movies. Still, in the back of my mind, I really wanted to watch it. I finally did, and man I was disappointed. I was expecting something as gripping as City of God, as entertaining as Tropa de Elite, but no. Trash was definitely a lot worse than these two movies. I don’t think there ever was enough tension in the movie and the characters felt a little amusing sometimes. At least that’s my opinion. Not every movie can be a masterpiece, so I guess I’ll judge this one as just another decent movie coming from Brazil, with the typical Favela kids vs Underworld Bosses + corrupt police. Decent. That’s it.

  • dr-kristina-kristoffersen
    dr kristina kristoffersen

    I was not expecting much of this film. You know why? In my experience with foreign directors portraying the reality of Brazil, almost 90% of the times they get lost, they create false images, garnish the poverty, say a lot of common sense about Brazilian women, they try to show a ethnically amalgamated Brazil that has black people on top of the pyramid in the same number as white people (basically a society where racism doesn’t quite exist)This time, though, this foreign perception of Brazil’s uniqueness didn’t get lost in exoticism. The audience cannot possibly walk off of the movie theater thinking a black or a mulatto child have the same rights and privileges as a white kid. It seemed to me as if Andy Mulligan (novel’s author) really put his efforts into researching, talking to poor people of Rio De Janeiro and understanding what they fear – what is done to them everyday.Beware fragile viewers (won’t say any spoilers): before you get to the middle of the film, there’s the worst torture scene I’ve ever seen. It smashes your heart and makes you sick. And sadly it isn’t at all exaggerated for all I know of military police’s actions in Brazil. Ugh. This terrifies me.-But we safely continue the experience of watching Trash as middle class viewers behind a movie theater screen, inside the city mall. Right.-Stephen Daldry executed all the ideas smoothly. Cheers to that. About the screenplay, Richard Curtis adapted it fantastically. the lines weren’t artificial as they are in most of the movies featuring Brazilian characters – even for Brazilian productions, actually. The camera work is truly remarkable. Felt really into the minds of the characters. (almost) felt their pain, struggle and anger.Specifically, the acting was great. Those kids didn’t let us down for a minute. This is huge for young actors and I hope those boys get all the attention they deserve for now on. Back to the broad acting: it was faultless. Wish I could say flawless, but maybe this time the script and the great number of characters with lines didn’t let much space to some mind-blowing acting by Wagner Moura and Selton Mello. If you’re not into Brazilian movies, you should know: these guys are close to the result of blending Bill Murray, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Al Pacino and Joaquin Phoenix altogether. (weird comparison, sorry for that)The plot was actually a bit similar to a Dan Brown’s novel, but not that intricate. It wasn’t that complicated and conspiratorial to the point I’d get bored – I didn’t. Several politicians and political parties in Brazil suck a lot of money from poor people and the outcome of the plot was very familiar to all of us who keep up with all this trash.I took the morality of this movie in one of Rooney Mara’s lines, when she’s talking to the missionary. Won’t spoiler though 😀 watch for yourselves.Oh, about the common sense about Brazilian women I mentioned before: this movie does not pass in Bechdel test. Meaning no Brazilian women representation whatever the result would be. The only woman with considerable lines is Olivia (nicely impersonated by Rooney Mara) and she’s foreign.There’s one more detail annoying me, I was unaware. Which is the image of a catholic missionary (Martin Sheen) in Rio’s periphery. It doesn’t appeal – I was not convinced. I’m a History student and this character seemed too familiar with Jesuits from colonial Era, which doesn’t feel contemporaneous to us at all.But anyway if you watch this movie there’s no way you won’t feel disgusted by the actions of military police (Polícia Militar – PM) in the periphery. The oppressed and poor ones are exterminated daily. PM is a fascist and terrorist machine conducted by corrupt politicians and a segregationist elite that manipulates the political tableau in favor of themselves exclusively.Despite this reality, Trash brings a sense of hope and expectation of change that hardly occurs – right now – in this country. A year earlier, when the production started, this hope was truly there. People got out on the streets and protested against bad transportation quality, police violence.. Well, not anymore. Everyone wen’t back to watching TV. To engage in politics is just too exhausting for most of the people. We’ve just elected the most conservative Congress since the military dictatorship 50 years ago. This is very very sad and disturbing for those kids portrayed in this movie. We’re about to face 4 years (who knows if it’ll actually end in 2019) of conservatism and worsening inequality.Until then, we can think of hopeful ideas like these expressed in Trash and keep them warm, alive and militant against any form of oppression.

  • calebe-da-paz
    calebe da paz

    Two fourteen year old boys find a wallet at a garbage dump with money and pictures with numbers on the back. Through a series of silly and highly unlikely events, the pair are chased by nasty police who are involved with corrupt politicians. Martin Sheen; who was the reason I watched this movie in the first place shows up as a priest with a small church near the dump. Rooney Mara is his assistant, and seems to be teaching English to the children while having difficulty with Portugese. This is a badly written story with competent acting. The kids are likable enough but even without a spoiler alert, you can figure out the ending without much effort. At least the scenery of Rio is interesting, but that is not enough to recommend this film.

  • pan-konrad-wasiuk
    pan konrad wasiuk

    Greetings from Lithuania.”Trash” (2014) is definitely not an Oscar material, contrary to previous movies directed by a great director Stephen Daldry. This is adventure, thriller (with a bit comedy) set in Rio about a group of slum dog kids who one day searching a trash stumbles upon something that can change the path of a whole country. Soon they are on a run from those who want to get thing back while trying to solve a puzzle of what did they found.”Trash” is a solid fun, not particularly great, but it will definitely do justice for one evening. The settings are fresh and kinda exciting, three young leads are good here, with some minor support from two Hollywood heavyweights. Overall, this picture isn’t anything really special, but it’s a fine film. Music, settings, directing and acting are good, while at the running time almost 2 hours this movie drags a bit here and there, but overall experience is positive.

  • milada-kadlecova
    milada kadlecova

    When I saw the trailer of this movie it did not appeal to me. The movie seemed like a common Hollywood action movie, but after seeing it I know that this movie has a lot to offer. The story begins when Raphael (at the age of 14) finds a wallet in the garbage and shows it to his two friends. Once the boys find out how much the wallet is wanted by the police they decide to unravel the mystery behind it, using clues from the wallet. What follows is a fascinating journey full of action, humor and drama through the slums of Rio de Janeiro. You see the raw side of the city, it feels like you are there. Also the music puts you in the right vibe. The solidarity, perseverance and the struggle to achieve justice, gives you a real connection with the three boys. Slowly all the pieces fit together while it builds up to a thrilling end. This movie seems to have a clear message to give. It makes you think about justice and well-being, but at the same time it is an easy watching feel good movie. This movie has it all!

  • natalia-marin
    natalia marin

    I actually don’t have much more to say about this movie. It exhibits high production values, along with very good acting from all involved. But the mix of depicting the brutal and corrupted reality doesn’t really fit in with the immature way the story evolves. And along the way it becomes less and less coherent.Someone noted it being a roller coaster of feelings. Well, not for me. I could guess how it will end from the way it developed. And the mix of believable violence with unbelievable actions from the main characters made me quite calm regarding their fate, throughout the whole movie. I would give Trash an OK rating. No more, no less.

  • mitica-eftimie
    mitica eftimie

    When I watched this movie I thought how its language was so perfect to show at the people some situation about the Brazil. The corruption, the violence in the streets and the famous Brazilian way called “jeitinho”. The cinematography is very good and Mr. Daldry is very good in your conduction of this movie. Rooney Mara was perfect as Olivia… and what was that double language performance? I liked of the photography… the cast… the director… the music… the costumes… the set dressing… and the script. You need watch this movie to see a bit of the Brazil situation and the road until the hope. That three boys are awesome in their roles.

  • aacaary-saavitrii
    aacaary saavitrii

    I never thought that garbage can be so beautiful. Indeed, in this film it is. Stephen Daldry successful squeezes an incredible set design, visualization is absolutely fantastic. From the favelas of Brazil, to the beautiful landscapes, it all looks just stunning. The thing I like is also editing, the sequences are fast and dynamic and it is just right on. If we look at the movie more closely, we can see a close relationship between the boys, playfulness of the youth, hope in a brutal world. It is dominated by the playful dynamics among them, how they learn about the world through adolescence. Although the government is corrupt, and the police puts misery and poverty beneath the low, there is hope and the will to live. Mara and Sheen are acting as missionaries who help these children, living from the garbage, to a better future. Not bad acting, but the characters… Sheen as a priest, Mara as a assistant, it seems somewhat they are missing all the action. The best I can describe, sometimes I had the feeling watching them behind a bottle of glass. I must mention the script and story is short in depth and is weary predictable, not to mention the contradictory. But nonetheless it is a well made move, worth watching, and I give it a go.

  • yunmyeongja
    yunmyeongja

    I was very exciting waiting for the next Stephen Daldry’s movie and, fortunately, my expectations was accomplish. The movie is wonderful! I already saw it three times!the story of three boys who live in the garbage, based on the excellent book by Andy Mulligan, is an unparalleled purity, able to thrill all people around the world. Brazilian actors Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Andre Ramiro, ze Dumont, Xavier Nelson are excellent! The young actors who play the main characters, and who had never acted before in his life, are more sensational find of Mr. Daldry! The movie has it all … action, suspense, comedy bits and a lot of sensitivity. Something that Daldry is a master at putting in his films. Do not forget to see and review TRASH! A roller coaster of emotions!

  • antero-rossi
    antero rossi

    With a title like Trash, it is hard not to expect things like garbage piles and generic black plastic bags to appear on screen. One might even think, why would anyone watch a film named Trash? After all, Hollywood films can be trashy and a title like Trash does seem like a boding sign. Yet do not be fooled, all you title-judging mother****ers, Trash is absolutely nothing like its namesake.Directed by Stephen Daldry, Trash is a story about Raphael (Rickson Tev) and his chance discovery of a wallet belonging to José Angelo (Wagner Moura). Together with friends Gador (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), Raphael embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth behind the wallet, unwittingly becoming victims to corrupted politician Santos and policeman Frederico (Selton Mello). Adapted from Andy Mulligan’s young adult fiction novel, Trash has a story that seems almost like a fairytale – it is only in the lala-land of literature that fourteen-year-old trash-pickers can succeed in exposing the corrupted ways of political figures without getting themselves killed. That being said, the film succeeds in translating this highly unlikely situation from book to screen without making it seem too contrived.There are many things to look out for in Trash, like the superb editing and the wonderful cinematography by Adriano Goldman. From the mountains of trash piles to the grimy stilt houses, Goldman did a great job of capturing the decrepit beauty of these common wastelands. Chase scenes in particular, were edited well with great rhythm. Daldry’s use of the boys’ to-camera inserts would also be greatly appreciated by viewers who have read the novel. Seen through the to- camera inserts, the boys’ frank statements better developed their characters, reflected the novel’s multi-perspectives and doubled as a plot device later on in the film.Although Tev, Luis and Weinstein can be rough around the edges with emotional scenes, their energy was infectious on screen. On the other hand, Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen paled in comparison, appearing more like decorative non-playable characters beside the boys. While Moura performed within expectation, the same cannot be said of Mello, who played the role of Frederico like an emotionless corpse. In fact, if you stare hard at the screen, you will soon come to the conclusion that even a dead grouper has eyes livelier than Mello’s.Acting aside, the only problem this reviewer has with Trash is Raphael’s dogged pursuit for justice. When questioned about his actions, Raphael answered that he was doing so because “it is the right thing”. In spite of that, it was the money left behind by José, and not the book accounting for Santos’ corrupted dealings, that seemed to interest the boys. In this sense, the pursuit for justice seems more like an adventure for Raphael and his friends, rather than an act motivated by the decision to right a wrong. Then again, perhaps that was what made Trash so charming. In a world filled with dark, cynical views, the boys are a representation of what hope, perseverance and friendship can bring about.

  • anna-kadarjyan
    anna kadarjyan

    “Anyone who touches that wallet; I want them dead.”Ever since his feature film debut in 2000, Billy Elliot, Stephen Daldry’s movies have either been nominated for Best Picture or for Best Director. He followed up the success of Billy Elliot with The Hours, The Reader, and Extremely Loud Incredibly Close. His latest film, Trash, which takes place in Brazil and is almost entirely in Portuguese, ends his Oscar nomination streak (although it was nominated for the Bafta Awards), but it does borrow some common themes from most of his past works. The lead characters are children and the story has an upbeat message despite the subject matter. The screenplay was adapted by Richard Curtis from Andy Mulligan’s 2010 novel and some may find some plot similarities between this film and Meirelles’s City of God, although Trash is much more upbeat and less raw. The three lead characters played by children are extremely charismatic and despite not being professional actors they carry the movie. Perhaps my greatest complaint is that given the subject matter the film doesn’t seem raw enough. These characters live off the trash dump but the film looks too impeccable and clean. It’s just a minor complaint because for the most part I was entertained with the story, but it doesn’t come close to reaching the rawness of City of God. The film opens with a man on the run from police authorities. Jose Angelo (Wagner Moura, who international audiences may recognize from Elite Squad) has hidden something and the police seem desperate to locate it. As they close in on him Jose spots a garbage truck and tosses his wallet towards it before he is captured. Frederico (Selton Mello) apprehends Jose and begins torturing him for information on what they are looking for. In the next scene we follow the waste truck as it is dumping the trash and several people gather around it looking for food or anything useful. A twelve year old kid named Raphael (Rickson Tevez) finds the wallet which contains some money and a special key. He holds on to it and tells his best friend Gardo (Eduardo Luis) about his discovery. They have no idea what the key opens so they decide to tell another of their friends about the mystery. Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), who lives in the sewers knows exactly what the key is for and he wants to split the findings with them so he joins the adventure. Things gets complicated however when Frederico arrives at the dumping site and offers a reward for anyone who finds the wallet. From that point on the kids don’t only have to try to solve the mystery, but try to avoid being caught by the police in the process. The plot involving the key may seem similar to Daldry’s previous film, Extremely Loud Incredibly Close, which focuses on a kid trying to discover what the key opens across New York City, but in this case we discover it pretty early on in the film, but the discovery leads to more mystery and thrills. The three lead characters are much more charismatic and the film delivers several funny moments. It is an engaging thriller that gradually build the suspense, but unfortunately the ending is a bit far fetched and stretched out. Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara have supporting performances as he plays Father Julliard and she an English teacher named Olivia who is doing volunteer work. Both end up involved in the case when they decide to help the kids out in different ways. Despite these familiar faces, the true stars of the film are Tevez, Luis, and Weinstein who bring a lot of charisma and innocence to the story. The film’s message is heavy handed as it is a social cry against political corruption and it is juxtaposed against these innocent children who feel like they are being crushed by the unfair system. The film never feels raw enough to convey that strong emotional message, but it is presented in such a way that feels upbeat and entertaining nonetheless. Trash is worth a watch for the performances of these young actors and the gorgeous cinematography capturing the beauty of Brazil. There are also some very interesting and well filmed chase sequences that help build the overall suspense and thrills that the film delivers. http://estebueno10.blogspot.com/

  • anthony-carr
    anthony carr

    This is a powerful drama about 3 rag pickers. These boys discovers a wallet in the dump yard which forms the baseline for the story. It involves a lot into corruption, bribe in Brazil. The senior cast like Sheen & Rooney are good. But it is basically the 3 boys who steer the movie forward. In spite of their lack of knowledge in English, the way they coordinate is superb. The only thought that carries them forward is the right path. And since they feel this is the right path, they go ahead with it in-spite of the problems they would face. I would suggest this movie to anybody. Reminds me of the City of Gods which was also very powerful. Thumbs up for the director and the 3 boys!!!

  • ines-horle
    ines horle

    A brilliantly exciting film from start to finish. The three boys are a triumph, and the way the film handles them, and uses their emotional closeness, their friendship, is a credit to Director Stephen Daldry and his crew, as well as to the three boys themselves, recruited from the streets of Brazil. The story jumps from one level of excitement to the next in a series of clever set pieces that, at the same time as they increase the tension to almost unbearable levels, answer the questions raised by the mystery; what exactly is the significance of what the boys find, as they comb through the giant mountains of trash, trying to earn enough to eat from recycling plastic and tin? The chase scenes through the favelas are exhilarating. Literally, you find yourself talking out loud. The film is a celebration of Andy Mulligan’s stunning novel of the same name.

  • rene-joly
    rene joly

    Set in the rubbish tips of Rio, two friends – Raphael and Gardo- discover a wallet that has ended up in the trash. They know it is a windfall but then the cops turn up offering a large reward and Raphael thinks there is more to this than meets the eye. So they enlist the help of a diseased sewer kid called Rato and go off to discover its secrets.There is a lot packed into this extremely well made film. Martin Sheen appears as a Priest who is helping the poor and Rooney Mara brings some glamour amidst the rubbish of the slum. There is violence here too and some scenes that should not be in a film that describes itself as a comedy. But that said this has a bit of everything. The young boys carry the story and are all excellent – the cinematography is rather special too especially making the flotsam and detritus floating on a polluted river seem almost beautiful. It is a bit overly sentimental but no where near as much as say ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, and it is totally forgivable once taken in context.I did though really enjoy this film, it is in Portuguese with a fair amount of English and it runs to 114 minutes – all of which is put to great use. I also saw someone in the credits called ‘Wellington Pingo’ which is the best name ever – probably. This is for those who like a bit of grit, dirt, strong storyline and a rollicking ride – completely recommended.

  • dr-nigmet-gulsalin-manco
    dr nigmet gulsalin manco

    I’m Portuguese and i speak reasonably well English. So i was able to watch this movie with no subtitles. Thanks God! The subtitling was awful, translating Portuguese to English. How can i resume this movie? Tropa de Elite meets Da Vinci Code? Weird no? No, nothing like that. This is an amazing picture of poverty, hope, friendship and trying to do the right thing, no matter what. It’s hard to me to explain why i loved this movie. But i have no trouble to explain the main message: Brazil is a corrupt and dangerous country, not because of the common thieves, of the poor people, but because of the corrupt police and the rich and powerful people. A poor thief could steal a couple of bucks, a rich one could steal millions.