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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.

Directors:

Stephen Daldry, Christian Duurvoort (co-director)

Writers:

Andy Mulligan (based on the novel by), Felipe Braga (additional material) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rickson Tevez Rickson Tevez ... Raphael (as Rickson Tévis)
Wagner Moura ... José Angelo
José Dumont José Dumont ... Carlos, Policeman
Daniel Zettel Daniel Zettel ... Carlos' Partner
Eduardo Luis Eduardo Luis ... Gardo (as Eduardo Luís)
Luis Felipe da Silva Costa Luis Felipe da Silva Costa ... Trash Kid No. 1
Gabriel Dias da Costa Silva Gabriel Dias da Costa Silva ... Trash Kid No. 2
Selton Mello ... Frederico
Stepan Nercessian Stepan Nercessian ... Antonio Santos
Teca Pereira Teca Pereira ... Graça
Rooney Mara ... Olivia
Letícia Cunha Camara Pereira de Carvalho Letícia Cunha Camara Pereira de Carvalho ... Trash Kid No. 3
Rafael de Biase Rafael de Biase ... Trash Kid No. 4
Martin Sheen ... Father Juilliard
Israel Gomes Israel Gomes ... Raphael's Cousin No. 1
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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. Written by Universal Pictures

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wallet | slum | brazil | bible | key | See All (95) »

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You never know what you might find


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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UK | Brazil | Germany

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desechos y esperanza See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,230, 11 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,230, 11 October 2015
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Mulligan's novel 'Trash' is based on the work of the Philippine Community Fund. See more »

Goofs

Despite being typical in northern rain forest areas of Brazil, the stilt houses shown as the boys' homes are not common in Rio de Janeiro slums. See more »

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[fear no more it is accomplished]
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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 »

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

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Prelude Act I
from "La Traviata"
(Giuseppe Verdi (as Guiseppe Verdi))
Performed by Bonn Classical Philharmonic
Conducted by Heribert Beissel
Courtesy of X5 Music Group
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An upbeat and less raw version of City of God
25 May 2015 | by estebangonzalez10See all my reviews

"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.

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