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 (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
TRASH is directed by Stephen Daldry, co-directed by Christian Duurvoort, written by Richard Curtis, and produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Kris Thylier. The most striking things of this film were the young characters and the setting in which they lived. As a viewer dropped into an unfamiliar place as where this film took place forced me to quickly adapt mentally to the realizations of life for these characters leading to my suspension of disbelief and allowing me to become one with the story. The pace of the film slowly built up as at a certain point the action just exploded and you found yourself in the middle of a taut action thriller. Stylistically I felt the film was told in a rather straightforward manner with a few choices for cinematic flair that blended in well with the transition of landscapes the film showed. In many ways TRASH reminded me of another great film I had seen called City of God, which also focused on similar aged characters in a third world setting. Overall I gave TRASH 4 stars as an exciting and entertaining story that unfolded in a frenetic and heartfelt way.