Meanwhile, it's apparent that a substantial amount of money is involved. Rafael's refusal to cooperate, incurs the wrath of local cop Frederico (Selton Mello), who is working on the orders of a ruthless politician, mayoral candidate Antonio Santos (Stepan Nercessian). Narrowly escaping death at the hands of Frederico's thugs, Rafael hears Santos' name and realises that he may be connected to the wallet. Adriano Goldman's cinematography does an excellent job of conveying the frenetic pace of the various chase scenes. Further clues are hidden in passages from the Bible and this quickly becomes a race between the young trio and Frederico as to who will solve the mystery first. An upbeat denouement, the dropping of numerous clues and Richard Curtis' busy script, based on Andy Mulligan's novel, occasionally feels a little formulaic, but this is tempered by the luminous performances of the three boys; all making their film debuts. Daldry has a rare talent, evident in his feature film directorial debut, Billy Elliot (2000), for drawing out the very best from young actors. The sheer joy and energy of the boys propels Trash and keeps us rooting for good over evil despite the contrived ending.