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Trash (2014)


  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • With: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura
  • 114 Minutes

“I learn a couple of things while watching ‘Trash’… The most important one is to never deliver a wallet I’ve just found because that could mean the beginning of an amazing adventure…”

Stephen Daldry, known for Billy Elliot and The Hours, is the man responsible for a movie that has impressed a lot the judges at the Rome Film Festival and that tried is best to represent the social issues in a country ruled by corruption. Trash is a strong, fresh, powerful and I must also add realistic movie, that features a tale about boys who had nothing and who fight with all their strengths for a better future. For the curious ones here’s my review for one of this year’s most controversial movies.

“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.” (Universal Pictures)

Trash is an amazing tale of bravery in which three poor kids will put their lives in danger to fight the political corruption and the police abuses in Brazil simply because they believe this is the right thing to do. Used to work hard and to live with the minimal acceptable conditions in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the country, the three little kids seize the opportunity to fight against power when one of them finds a wallet that contains something really important to the one of the policemen. The wallet leads the boys to a code and to a mystery which solution could change forever the Brazilian politics regarding social rights. During their investigation, we watch several mistreats by the policemen who are without any doubt capable of doing everything to achieve their goal… Basically, while looking at the big picture we see a country that those almost anything to help the poor citizens. Trash seizes the advantage of this realistic set to plant a curious story about courage that from my point of view worked pleasantly well. With the help of the priest (Martin Sheen) and of an American woman, Olivia (Rooney Mara), who helps the poor citizens by educating the young and supporting the older ones in their daily chores, the three boys will try to solve the whole mystery. Thanks to her, the three boys find out that there’s something powerful waiting to be discovered and they are asked to report their adventure in a video recording that could support international fight against some of the most controversial politics. In an attempt to stop the three kids and to plant fear in the community, the police is forced to destroy the entire neighborhood which instead of provoking fear in the youngsters ends up giving them a reason to proceed with their search for truth. Trash is therefore a mysterious adventure set in a real environment and that, in my opinion, is capable of increasing public awareness regarding some of the topics it represents.

Most of the cast of Trash is from Brazil and they didn’t look familiar to me… And although these actors have a larger influence in the plot, the producers decided to sell the movie with the two well-known faces that are part of this project (Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara). This decision is understandable since it’s easier to sell the movie this way but it’s also irrelevant judging by the fact that the acting and the performances in Trash are far from being a decisive point in a review. Some of the actors, mostly the young ones, ended up surprising me for how natural their beliefs seemed but considering the fact that what stands out the most is the plot and the real aspects, this had almost no effect in my opinion. Trash is a movie that demands to be discussed for the way it represents the oppression in a country who doesn’t give a damn regarding social aspects. At first I was a bit reluctant with the movie, mostly in the first minutes, but when the action started rolling, Trash was a like a ticking bomb with an unclear finale. The movie’s awesome pace alongside with an intriguing story caused a pretty good impression added to the fact that there aren’t any boring moments in it. For those who enjoy something with substance, I honestly think this is a great pick for a movie session.

Overall, I am really grateful for both this opportunity and for the experience. Before watching it I knew only few things about this movie and most of them ended up being wrong. It’s true that the story wasn’t always that compelling and addictive because there were some predictable moments. But when someone tries to represent corruption and oppression like they did in Trash one must disconnect his mind from those minor issues in order to pay attention to a serious problem. Trash represents bravery but at the same time it leaves a message of support and hope of a better society and a better future. I was surprised with how amazingly well things worked and shocked with some more brutal scenes so, if you want to follow my advice, watch this movie as soon as possible because it seriously demands to be seen.

See it in: IMAX | Dolby ATMOS | 3D Theaters | 2D Theaters | Rental




  1. Controversial, eh? That word caught my interest. You’ve completely sold this one to me and I’m going to see it the first chance I get!

    • We all know the controversy behind the organization of the Brazil World Cup and we all know the huge economical innequality that exists there. The story might be not fascinating at all but “Trash” showed me a reallity that was far from my immagination. The way people are treated by the police and the oppression that exists are represented in a serious way that I found quite convincing and interesting. So you should give it a shot!
      Best wishes man!

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