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Adriana, 13, is kidnapped in Mexico City by Russian sex traffickers. Her criminal 17 y.o. brother starts looking for her. Across the border in Texas, he gets help from a cop.

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Jose Rivera (screenplay), Peter Landesman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Ray Sheridan
Cesar Ramos ... Jorge
Alicja Bachleda ... Veronica
Paulina Gaitan ... Adriana
Marco Pérez ... Manuelo (as Marco Perez)
Linda Emond ... Patty Sheridan
Zack Ward ... Alex Green
Kate del Castillo ... Laura
Tim Reid ... Hank Jefferson
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Vadim Youchenko
Natalia Traven Natalia Traven ... Lupe
Guillermo Iván ... Alejandro (as Guillermo Ivan)
Christian Vazquez ... Moncho
José Sefami ... Don Victor (as Jose Sefami)
Leland Pascual Leland Pascual ... Thai Boy
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Ray Sheridan is a Texas Ranger working in the insurance fraud division. From a devout Catholic family, seventeen year old Jorge lives in a Mexico City slum neighborhood with his mother and his thirteen year old sister Adriana. To have a better life not only for himself but also his family, Jorge, with two of his friends, has resorted to a "violent" scam to steal money from tourists in the Zocolo, something he hasn't told his mother who would disapprove. Ray and Jorge's very different existences intersect on a chance meeting straddling the border at El Paso/Juarez in dealing with the same issue from two slightly different directions, that issue being sex trafficking. Ray has been using his professional position on a personal mission of locating his illegitimate daughter Carly, who he has never met and who he has just learned was sold by her junkie mother ten years ago, he assuming into the illegal sex trade. With Adriana having gone missing, Jorge eventually learned that the assumption... Written by Huggo

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Innocents lost...sometimes forever. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual material involving minors, violence including a rape, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Based on Peter Landesman's 25 January 2004 New York Times Magazine cover story about sex slaves. See more »

Goofs

When Ray brings young Adriana into the bedroom of the house, Manuelo can be heard locking, what seems to be, numerous deadbolts outside of the room. When the door is opened to see if they are done, you don't see any locks on the door. See more »

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[first lines]
Jorge: Happy birthday, Princess!
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Agnus Dei
Performed by Rufus Wainwright
[Played throughout the scene in which Veronica throws herself off the cliff.]
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Gut-wrenching and Genuine
8 March 2008 | by StskyshakerSee all my reviews

Trade is not really the kind of thrilling crime movie that I was expecting, it's about something I thought I might have heard about quite a lot yet actually never really felt: trafficking children and women from the third world to be sold for forced sex. Trade exposes the whole chain of the business with great genuineness.

For a subject like this it's handy to come up with much more gore and sex to attract some eyeballs, but not with Trade, there is nothing gratuitous here. At several gut-wrenching scenes, at the edge of my seat I longed to see some resistance or retribution, I didn't, but when I sat back and cleared my thought, I knew that was what would happen in the real world. Nevertheless although there are many broken hearts, twisted minds and lost souls in the movie, and even the last scene gave me a groan, I am not left with despair in the end.

Quite a few characters have been developed into some depth, while supported by first-class performance(excellent casting!) this doesn't cause confusion or dilution, but rather delivers me the feeling of the whole big picture. It does feel a bit dragged at the beginning, I guess it is needed to expose all the details of the business chain, the storyline flows naturally and keeps me hooked for 2 hours.

Overall this is a well-made untypical crime film with not so much easy entertainment in it, but if you want something genuine that will linger in your head, go see it and you won't be disappointed.


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Germany | USA | Mexico

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Release Date:

18 October 2007 (Germany) See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,086, 30 September 2007

Gross USA:

$214,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,465,077
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