Trash is set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
The first thing I thought of when I heard about this film was, why would anyone call a film “trash”? My dear friends, do not be fooled by its title. It’s nothing like it’s namesake because you never know what you might find.
Now, I know this a 2014 film but it only was released in the UK this year and never had a chance to review it until recently. Trash is a light hearted film about a serious topic in Brazil. If you’re not familiar with British director Stephen Daldry’s work, the most famous of his works was the classic Billy Elliot (a childhood favourite of mine). Trash is along similar lines of Billy Elliot, a young boy doing extraordinary things. His use of to-camera inserts was a little strange at first, but were eventually appreciated as these inserts helped develop our leading characters in their truthfully told stories.
It’s a film with many treasures to be found in the trash, like the wonderful cinematography where we, as the audience, are exposed to mountains of garbage and grimy stilt houses. Cinematographer Adriano Goldman did a “beautiful” job in capturing the the world our main characters lived within. I say “beautiful” because it may not seem that attractive in theory, but Goldman did his job wonderfully enough to make it seem something interesting to explore.
LIving with two fluent Portuguese speakers, it was easy to pick up to pick up the inconsistencies in the non-native Portuguese speakers of Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara (although she did better with the language than Sheen). This shouldn’t detract from the fact that they performed well with the roles they were given. They film was hardly about them as the three young boys outshone them both.
It’s a film that definitely shouldn’t be judges by its title.