Trade

As the closing titles of ‘Trade’ inform us, over a million people are trafficked illegally each year. This is the story of one victim – 13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan), who is taken from the streets of Mexico City to be sold into sex slavery in the US – and her brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), who steals across the border to retrieve her.

As cinema, ‘Trade’ is flawed: the script is functional and the dry characters are hemmed in by the machinations of an unremarkable plot. The influence of ‘Traffic’ hangs heavy, too, with saturated colours and stylised editing. But, Kreuzpaintner’s English-language film is remarkably effective as agit-prop, tackling a challenging subject without flinching. He does a superb job exploring the tawdry banality of evil: these kidnappers transport their victims in rusted Transit vans to drab suburban homes, contrasting the relative comfort of ‘normal’ American lives with the unimaginable brutality facing a helpless minority. At times almost unwatchable, ‘Trade’ takes a hard look at realities most of us can’t bear to face.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday December 12 2008
Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner
Screenwriter: José Rivera
Cast: Cesar Ramos
Kevin Kline
Paulina Gaitan
Alicja Bachleda-Curús

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Katharina

Great movie!!! Should be watched by every adult. Outstanding portrait of the reality of sex trafficking. Great tool to increase awareness and challenge us to help detect victims.

Katharina

Great movie!!! Should be watched by every adult. Outstanding portrait of the reality of sex trafficking. Great tool to increase awareness and challenge us to help detect victims.

buddha

I think you're being a little too sensitive. The reference was on screen for maybe, two seconds. I'm not a Buddhist but from what I've read, I don't think he would mind. No more than God would be when the "coyote" prays at the large cross at the border.

buddha

I think you're being a little too sensitive. The reference was on screen for maybe, two seconds. I'm not a Buddhist but from what I've read, I don't think he would mind. No more than God would be when the "coyote" prays at the large cross at the border.

servesjc

This film is a light representation of the harsh reality of the sex trafficking trade. It is hard to stomach, but hopefully it will challenge us to act somehow, to be a voice for those who have no voice. See the film, become aware and then act on behalf of others!

servesjc

This film is a light representation of the harsh reality of the sex trafficking trade. It is hard to stomach, but hopefully it will challenge us to act somehow, to be a voice for those who have no voice. See the film, become aware and then act on behalf of others!