While picking through a Rio de Janeiro 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 wallet stuffed not just with cash, but some highly cryptic symbols. When a major unit of the police force descends upon his favela in search of the wallet, Raphael knows he’s chanced upon something big, and with the help of his buddies launches an adventure to unearth the secret that the powerful elite wishes to crush. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader) excels at creating fully-rounded heroes with pride and determination to follow their hearts.
“Director Stephen Daldry rediscovers the upbeat oomph that powered his debut feature Billy Elliot… His tale of Rio street kids has grit, humor and outstanding performances from its young cast.” - Mark Kermode, The Guardian [UK]
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