UK, Brazil | 2015 | 114 min. | Rated R
Portuguese & English, with English subtitles
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While picking through a Rio de Janiero trash dump looking for the small treasures that will earn him a dollar or two to get through the day, young orphan Raphael discovers a once-in-a-lifetime bonanza: a wallet stuffed not just with cash, but some highly cryptic notes and symbols. When a major unit of the police force descends upon the favela in search of the wallet, Raphael knows he’s chanced upon something big, and with the help of his buddies Gardo and Rato, launch an adventure to unearth the secret that the power elite wishes to crush.
Stephen Daldry (a three-time Best Director Oscar nominee, for Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader) excels at creating fully-rounded child heroes with pride and determination to follow their hearts. Working with screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love Actually), Daldry handles the transition to working in Portuguese effortlessly, deftly inspiring our identification with his young leads, while shining a spotlight on the sobering challenges facing one of the world’s most closely-watched cities.
The supporting cast includes American stars Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara as missionary church workers trying to protect the boys from a brutally dead-end existence, and Brazilian stars Wagner Moura (who plays Pablo Escobar in Netflix’s new “Narcos” series) and Selton Mello.
– Jaie Laplante
Monday, October 5, 2015 7pm MDC’s Tower Theater Miami, 1508 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135
Special thanks to NBCUniversal Latin America and Focus Features.