Trash (2014)

Trash (2014)
  • Time: 113 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Stephen Daldry
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura


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.

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  • A children’s adventure story that is equal parts fairy tale and slice of life social realism, Trash is directed by Stephen Daldry whose much-loved Billy Elliot serves as a template for this aspirational and inspirational drama.

    Billy Elliot set its tale against the 1984 miner’s strike in Thatcher-era London. Trash unfolds its Cinderella story in the favelas, shanty towns, and garbage heaps of Rio de Janeiro. The garbage heaps are where 14-year-old street kids Raphael (Rickson Teves) and Gardo (Eduardo Lewis) spend their days, sifting through the mounds of trash to earn a few reals. Money is a huge motivator for the boys and the rest of the poor and uneducated, so the discovery of a wallet filled with some cash seems like manna from heaven.

    The problem is the wallet also contains clues to the whereabouts of a huge pile of stolen money and a ledger that would incriminate a mayoral candidate of bribery and corruption. The candidate dispatches Federico (Selton Mella), a cop on his payroll to offer a reward to anyone who can lead to the wallet’s recovery. Federico suspects Raphael and Gardo know more than they’re letting on; Raphael suspects there’s more to the wallet than Federico is revealing, and Raphael is determined to figure out what it is.

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