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It’s not every day that a three-time Oscar nominee for directing decides on a foreign language film to be his next project, but that’s exactly what Stephen Daldry of Billy Elliot, The Hours, and The Reader fame has done. Following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Danny Boyle—whose journey to India for Slumdog Millionaire earned his sole nomination and subsequently an Oscar win—Daldry takes on the novel Trash written by Andy Mulligan about three impoverished boys working as garbage pickers who find something in their nameless city’s landfill that sparks a police manhunt with grave political stakes. Adapted by Richard Curtis and situated in Brazil with corruption regarding its looming Olympics, this effectively tense adventure also delivers the heart and heroism audiences love.
Will it spell the same success as Boyle’s phenomenon? I doubt it. Not only is Portuguese used so prevalently that this »
- Jared Mobarak
Trash Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Stephen Daldry Written by: Richard Curtis, based on Andy Mulligan’s book Cast: Rickson Tévis, Eduardo Luís, Gabriel Weinstein, Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 10/5/15 Opens: October 9, 2015 Call this a Brazilian “Slumdog Millionaire” with Marxist undertones, “Trash” is a crowd-pleasing film featuring strong performances from a group of boys under the age of eighteen who do their own stunts. (Oh, to be young again.) The slum dwellers do become multi-millionaires if only for a few moments but the way they treat their new-found fortune [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Another Man’s Treasure: Daldry Revisits Themes of Childhood Lost
The muted reception behind the latest film from thrice Oscar nominated director Stephen Daldry seems curious, as the Brazilian set Trash, based on an acclaimed 2010 Ya novel by Andy Mulligan, often doesn’t belie the nature of its origins. Sure, it seems somewhat like a bid to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brit Danny Boyle’s third world set and critically acclaimed 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, at least in its rather even keel balance of miserabilism and hopeful yearning, but this audience friendly fodder seems like a victim of underwhelming marketing.
Premiering at the end of 2014 at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, the title gets a bit of added validity thanks to a co-directing credit for first-timer Christian Duurvoort (previously a coach, trainer and actor on several productions by Fernando Meirelles) and actually features the native language of the »
- Nicholas Bell
Trash follows three Brazilian street teenagers; Raphael, Gardo, and Rat (Jun-Jun) who spend their time picking through litter in the hope of finding useful waste. One day they discover a wallet whose contents will bring them into conflict with the brutal local police force as they find themselves unlikely whistleblowers in a city rife with corruption. Rather than turn the wallet over to the authorities for a reward, the kids seek the confidence of a priest, Father Juilliard (Martin Sheen) and an Ngo-worker, Olivia (Rooney Mara). The new movie stars Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rooney Mara, and Martin Sheen. “Trash” hits theaters on October 9.
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- Rudie Obias
Yahoo has debuted the maiden and indeed uplifting trailer for Stephen Daldry’s slum drama, Trash, following thee young children – played by Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and Luis Eduardo – who while away the hours on one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous dumps.
Highlighting the decidedly less glamorous side of the Brazilian mega-city, the footage is an riveting tease of the feature film, which sees the aforementioned trio stumble upon a wallet that is considered important to some of the most powerful people in the area. Filmed in and around Rio’s favelas, the first Trash clip evokes a similar mise-en-scene to City of God, though we’ll be truly surprised if Daldry’s picture can capture even a fraction of the emotional punch as the 2003 classic.
- Michael Briers
Stephen Daldry occupies a rarefied position. He is one of the few filmmakers to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director four times in a row and for his first four films: “Billy Elliott,” “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (three of the four were also nominated for Best Picture). Perhaps after years of Oscar-bait material —he has directed six actors in Oscar-nominated performances, namely Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and Max von Sydow— Daldry has switched gears for “Trash” a movie set in the slums of Rio with big stars cast in supporting roles. Read More: Stephen Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,' And the Oscars Sure, the movie features Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Brazilian actors Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, but the leads are three unknown Brazilian non-actors (Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, »
- Edward Davis
Director: Stephen Daldry
Special Features: None
Political corruption and intrigue form the backdrop to Trash, an involving action thriller set apart by two things. First, the unusual location – the slums of Rio De Janeiro, dominated by their mountains of litter. Second, the perspective – it’s seen mainly through the eyes of three kids who stumble upon a hotbed of deception that changes their lives forever.
Raphael (Teves), Gardo (Luis) and the delightfully-named Rat (Weinstein) earn their meagre living sifting through what society dumps quite literally on their doorstep. But when Raphael discovers an abandoned wallet pitched into a passing garbage truck by man-on-the-run José Angelo, he finds it contains a strange document. Unbeknownst to the boy, Angelo has been apprehended and murdered by the police at the behest of a prominent politician, »
- Steve Palace
Cannes –Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) stars in “A Movie Life,” the third feature from Brazilian megastar-turned-director Selton Mello, which wraps production in South Brazil on May 29. Variety has had exclusive access to images from the highly anticipated film.
Mello’s follow-up to “The Clown” Brazil’s Oscar entry, and one of Brazil’s most notable breakout arthouse hits in recent years, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “A Distant Father,” from Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into the Academy Award-winning “The Postman.”
A rites-of-passage and family drama of big dreams in small-town Brazil, whose landscapes look set to capture the tone of a heartwarming tale of family reconciliation, it turns on Tony, »
- John Hopewell
Produced by Vania Catani’s Bananeira Films and helmed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello, whose “The Clown” was Brazil’s Oscar entry, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “Un padre de pelicula” by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into “Il Postino.”
A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in 1960s small-town Brazil, it turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher, courts a local girl, and frequents a cinema in a neighboring town that harbors a shocking surprise.
- John Hopewell
Stephen Daldry directs his latest feature Trash, set in the slums of Rio. The film boasts a cast of Hollywood’s and Brazil’s finest, including the likes of Michael Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura and Selton Mello.
The film, based on the 2010 novel by Andy Mulligan, tells the story of two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums finding a wallet in amongst their local dump. Little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. 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. To celebrate the release of Trash we take a look at some of the best slum films. »
- Ciham Messouki
This isn’t a children’s movie… and yet it kind of is, too, with its odd mishmash of social realism, action thrills, misplaced comedy, and simplistic drama. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The police in Rio de Janeiro “treat poor people like trash.” So says young teen Raphael (Rickson Tevez), in case you hadn’t already grasped the double entendre of the title. When Raphael discovers a really nice, surely accidentally discarded wallet while working as a trash picker in a massive Rio landfill, he shares the cash with his pal Gardo (Eduardo Luis), and then the two are off on a sort of treasure hunt to unravel the meaning of the other mysterious items in the wallet, including a train-station locker key, photos of a little girl, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Stephen Daldry; Screenwriter: Richard Curtis; Starring: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 15
Brazil has been thrust into the spotlight of late thanks to last year's World Cup and its forthcoming Olympic Games in 2016, but look past the sunny samba beat and you'll find a country overrun with corruption. It's this Brazil that provides the backdrop for Stephen Daldry's Trash, a fleet-footed adaptation of Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel.
Daldry's film, adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis, follows three Rio street kids - Raphael, Gardo, and Rato - as they stumble across a wallet that leads them on an adventure that could pull them out of poverty. Hot on their heels are bent officials, led by cop Frederico Gonz (Selton Mello), who won't hesitate to turn violent in pursuit of their goal. The decay runs high up into Rio's authorities, »
Director: Stephen Daldry.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Synopsis: After discovering a wallet at the dumpsite where they work, three young boys in a Brazilian favela must work together to outwit corrupt cops and government officials, while risking their own lives.
The poster for Trash gives a positive and Slumdog Millionaire vibe. It looks bright and cheerful, when in actual fact, Daldry’s rather brilliant and surprising family film (despite the 15 rating) is more of a bittersweet look at childlike innocence in a world corrupted by the greed of adults.
The entire feel of the film is one of many mixed emotions and genres, which so easily could have failed miserably. It’s written by British romantic comedy legend Richard Curtis, yet has no romance and is closer to City Of God than Notting Hill. Taking »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Directed by Stephen Daldry.
Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
Trash is the new Brazilian/Hollywood hybrid from Billy Elliot (2000) director Stephen Daldry, and famed writer Richard Curtis (with translation by Felipe Braga). It is set in an unnamed country (Brazil), where a young boy called Raphael (Rickson Tevez) finds a wallet that sets off a chain of events that will change his and his friend’s lives forever. It’s a little less cheesy than it sounds.
- Irwan Lowe
We’d previously seen the first trailer for Stephen Daldry’s upcoming film Trash, that opens on January 30th, and now we’ve got a couple of clips that shows us both the upbeat and downside of the lives of the boys from the Rio slums that the film centres on.
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 (Rickson Tevez) and Gardo (Luis Eduardo), realise that what they’ve found must be important. Teaming up with their friend Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they try to hang onto the wallet, evade the police, and uncover the secrets it contains.
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- Dan Bullock
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