Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) directs this Richard Curtis-scripted (Four Weddings) tale of slum kids in the Brazilian favellas. Raphael (Rickson Tev), Gador (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) discover a wallet on their rubbish tip which holds information that could lead to a corrupt cop being exposed. Cue much running and jumping around on rooftops and dodging highway traffic
until the side of good wins out.
Based on a kid’s book, I thought the young actors were the best thing about the movie. ‘Trash’ isn’t funny or ‘sparky’ enough, and the movie’s incessant dark tone envelopes what little fun tries to escape. Plot-wise, it also feels underdeveloped to me, and Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen have obviously been shoehorned into this all-Brazilian, subtitled film (and they are there for the obvious ‘name’ investment purposes of financing the movie).