Stephen Daldry (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
City of God meets Slumdog Millionaire in director Stephen Daldry's fast-paced, exciting yet gritty tale set in Brazil. Andy Mulligan's young adult novel is given a grown-up if still easy-going tone by scriptwriter Richard Curtis, as three favela street urchins find damning evidence of political corruption on a Rio garbage dump and then must stay one step ahead of the crooked police. Discounting the story's swerves into credibility-straining coincidence, Daldry injects some welcome humour and a palpable rawness into the colourful action, which is underscored by sharp local music. The three non-professionals playing the rubbish-sifting comrades exude a believable solidarity and charismatic energy, though Brazilian star Selton Mello overdoes his role as a sadistic cop. This is a mainly Portuguese-spoken adventure, but Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara lend the production some international box-office appeal in their roles as a priest and his assistant, even if they do nothing more than go through the motions.


Three poverty-stricken street kids from Brazil find a wallet that brings them to the attention of the brutal local police force and its corrupt bosses. Rather than handing it over to the authorities in return for a reward, the youngsters ask a priest and a social worker to help them discover why the item is in demand. Crime comedy, starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein.

Cast & Crew

Raphael Rickson Tevez
Gardo Eduardo Luis
Rato Gabriel Weinstein
Father Juilliard Martin Sheen
Olivia Rooney Mara
José Angelo Wagner Moura
Frederico Selton Mello
Marco Andre Ramiro
Turk Jesuita Barbosa
Clemente Nelson Xavier
Antonio Santos Stepan Nercessian
Director Stephen Daldry
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Other Information

Language: Portuguese, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Jan 2015
Comedy Drama