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Raphael, Gardo, and Rato live in a Favela on the edge of a garbage dump. One day they come across a mysterious wallet which the cops and their sadistic captain Frederico are also looking for. A fast-paced adventure based on a young adult novel by ...


Stephen Daldry returns to the fast-paced style of his smash hit BILLY ELIOT with TRASH. An adventure film based on a young adult novel by Andy Mulligan, TRASH follows the current trend of adapting bestselling YA novels into films (see: THE BOOK THIEF, HUNGER GAMES, and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). The film revolves around three boys that live in a favela on the edge of a garbage dump in Brazil. One day one of the boys, Rafael, comes across a wallet and goes to share the money with his friend Gardo. When the loathsome, sadistic cop Federico begins searching high and low for the wallet it becomes clear there must be something very important in there. Together with Rato, a down on his luck kid who lives in the sewer, they try to uncover the secret.

TRASH is filmed with aplomb and the young amateur actors are especially good in the film’s many chase sequences. All sorts of obstacles are dodged in every possible way much like a particularly grueling parkour session and Daldry makes it seem believable that the kids learned to be so capable while trying to survive their tough lives. The plot, however, is a lot less credible. What is at its core a nice tale of the powerless fighting against the mighty and corrupt tacks on unnecessary twists and revelations towards the end which makes the film seem almost fantastical when it is meant to be grittily realistic. Viewers over 12 can watch the film, though TRASH is surprisingly very violent. The story should cater to 12 to 15 year olds kids in particular.


Translation: Elinor Lewy


Großbritannien 2014, 114 min
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Director: Stephen Daldry
Author: Richard Curtis, Felipe Bragança, Andy Mulligan
DOP: Adriano Goldman
Montage: Elliot Graham
Music: Antonio Pinto
Distributor: Universal Pictures International Germany
Cast: Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, Eduardo Luis
FSK: 12
Release: 18.06.2015




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