September 28, 2007
Director Marco Kreuzpaintner
Producer Michael Wimer, Oswald Von Richthofen, Peter Landesman
Screenwriter Jose Rivera
Starring Kevin Kline, Paulina Gaitan, Alicja Bachleda, Cesar Ramos
Genre Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating R
Source: Official Site
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Plot / Synopsis
Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), to save her. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana’s only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls’ abductors, he meets Ray (Kevin Kline), a Texas cop whose own family loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy’s quest.
The debut American feature of one of Germany’s leading young directors, Marco Kreuzpaintner, Trade is produced by Roland Emmerich and Rosilyn Heller from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) that was inspired by the New York Times Magazine cover story "The Girls Next Door" written by Peter Landesman.
When 13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), sets off on a desperate mission to save her. Trapped by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana’s only friend throughout her ordeal is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girl’s abductors, he meets Ray (Kevin Kline), a Texas cop whose own family loss leads him to become an ally. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret internet sex slave auction and a tense confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, Ray and Jorge forge a close bond as they frantically pursue Adriana’s kidnappers before she is sold and disappears into a brutal underworld from which few victims ever return.
Inspired by Peter Landesman’s chilling NY Times Magazine story on the U.S. sex trade, “The Girls Next Door,” Trade is a thrilling story of courage and a devastating exposé of one of the world’s most heinous crimes. The American debut of Marco Kreuzpaintner, one of Germany’s leading young directors, Trade is produced by Roland Emmerich and Rosilyn Heller from a screenplay by Academy Award® nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries).
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