When you heard that Stephen Daldry, the director of Billy Elliot, The Reader and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, had teamed up with romantic-comedy scribe Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral), I'm pretty sure you had the same expectations as me - an inoffensive and heart-warming movie featuring a lovable child and probably Colin Firth and/or Hugh Grant.
Well, this assumption of their collaboration couldn't be further from the truth, as illustrated in the first trailer for their adaptation of Andy Mulligan's 2010 book, [Trash](movie:1036885). The film, which stars Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura along with newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein, tells of a trio of street kids from an unspecified developing country (although I think is fairly clearly based on Brazil) who meek out a meager living sifting through trash. One day they discover a mysterious wallet containing an ID card, map and a key, however after refusing to hand over the contents to the police, they are hounded by corrupt forces in both the police and government.
Check out the first Portuguese trailer below:
This is certainly a surprisingly kinetic and gritty trailer for a Daldry-Curtis movie, and it will certainly be interesting to see how these less-thriller orientated auteurs deal with this new genre. From this initial trailer, it certainly looks like they're not simply one trick ponies.
There is currently no US release date for the film, but it does arrive in Brazil on October 9th.
What did you think of the Trash trailer?