It’s Oscar time for cinema buffs. January has seen an end to the family orientated child pleasers, and more worthy, meaningful and self-congratulatory films fill the cinema. While it’s great to watch these blockbusting heavy weights or personality vehicles, it’s worthwhile searching out one or two off the films that pass through the cinema quickly, before heading to the oblivion of the TV advertised DVD.

One such film is Trash, a tale set in Brazil, which portrays the story of three young orphaned boys who live and work on a rubbish tip. They find a wallet amongst the rubbish and it’s discovery leads them into conflict with corruption, in the shape of the local police force and  politicians. Faced with a difficult dilemma, they have hard choices to make.

I would hate to spoil it for anyone who chooses to watch the film, so will refrain from saying much else about it, other than to say it is a life affirming and rewarding watch. There are the mandatory chases through the favelas, but the scene where the police try and force one of the youngsters to give information is distressing to watch. “I never even touched him sir” What makes it more disturbing is to discover this form of interrogation happens!.

Perhaps the most interesting fact about the film is that the three young Portuguese speaking leads  are not child actors but were chosen  from the ranks of the very children they portray in the film.

So put aside your prejudice against subtitled films and catch it quick before it disappears completely!

Graham Duff