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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.


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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rickson Tevez ...
Raphael (as Rickson Tévis)
José Dumont ...
Carlos, Policeman
Daniel Zettel ...
Carlos' partner
Eduardo Luis ...
Gardo (as Eduardo Luís)
Luis Felipe da Silva Costa ...
Trash Kid No. 1
Gabriel Dias da Costa Silva ...
Trash Kid No. 2
Stepan Nercessian ...
Antonio Santos
Teca Pereira ...
Letícia Cunha Camara Pereira de Carvalho ...
Trash Kid No. 3
Rafael de Biase ...
Trash Kid No. 4
Israel Gomes ...
Raphael's cousin No. 1


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. Written by Universal Pictures

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wallet | slum | bible | key | poverty | See All (80) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desechos y esperanza  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,230 (USA) (9 October 2015)


$10,230 (USA) (9 October 2015)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first feature film directed by Stephen Daldry not to be nominated for Best Director and/or Best Picture. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the opening Universal logo animation, the lights of some Brasilian cities are visible longer than the rest of the cities of the world. See more »


Featured in Film '72: Episode #44.3 (2015) See more »


Atoladinha (Enterradinha)
(Bola de Fogo, MC Sandrinho)
Performed by Bola de Fogo e as Foguentas
Courtesy of Link Records
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14 February 2015 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

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.

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