Movie picks: Trash

Cinema still: Trash starring Rickson Tevez and Gabriel Weinstein

Oscar-nominated Rooney Mara may get top billing, but the movie belongs to its young actors.

The trio of impoverished but optimistic boys will grab your heartstrings as they survive as foragers in a landfill.

Based on Andy Mulligan's young adult fiction, Trash is a tale of friendship, morality, and doing what's right.

For Raphael (Rickson Tevez) and his friends Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), that means trying to right a wrong involving a politician and his corrupt police lackeys.

Helping them in a small way is Mara's aid worker Olivia.

Director Stephen Daldry knows how to bring out the best in kids.

His little heroes, none of whom speak English or have acting backgrounds, are real gems in this movie.

This article was first published on December 31, 2014.
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