Based in the article by
Peter Landesman “Sex Slaves on Main Street” published by The
New York Times Magazine back on January 2004. “Trade” is
popping eye to a real worldwide problem that we don’t seem
to find a solution for it. Directed by German director Marco
Kreuzpainter with a screenplay by Jose Rivera who earned an
Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for
“Motorcycle Diaries“. “Trade” is set to be released on DVD
January 29, 2007.
The film is the story of Jorge (Cesar Ramos) a seventeen
year old kid from Mexico City ,who’s thirteen year old
sister Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is kidnapped by a group of
sex traffickers. In a desperation attempt Jorge will try to
track down Adriana’s abductors before she is auction in New
Jersey to the best bidder. Jorge will embark in a quest to
the US dodging incredible obstacles including immigration in
order to track down his sister. In his journey he meets Ray
(Kevin Kline) a Texas cop that will try to help Jorge chase
Adriana’s kidnappers. Together they will face challenges to
get the girl back.
Director Marco Kreuzpainter managed to create many chilling,
strong and hard to believe scenes capturing the traumatizing
feeling that many of the sex slaves suffer in their journey
to an unknown world. In many of those scenes Marco
Kreuzpainter present enough evidence and feeling to wonder
how can this happen, how we are not able to eradicate this
The main problem with the film is the background story.
Peter Landesman who didn’t want to create a political or
social docudrama about sex trafficking, decided to create a
story from the victim’s point of view. However the paid off
was a weak story, The way this kid was able to track down
his sister kidnappers was hard to believe. Like is mentioned
on the film these are global crime organizations and even
the government is having problem tracking down these
Overall the film gets its point across bringing to light one
of the most terrifying crimes that human can commit and many
people don’t know about.
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Enhance for 16x9 TVs
5.1 (Dolby Surround) -2.0 Dolby Digital .
Subtitles - English Spanish - Optional
Audio commentary from director Marco Kreuzpaintner
“Chasing Shadows” featurette – a
behind-the-scenes look at Trade.
good 21 minutes documentary about the film production. The
documentary tell us all about how the film was created, cast
selection and directors' ideas for the film.
“Paper to Print” featurette – a look at how The New
York Times Magazine’s moving article became Trade. (8:19)
Deleted scenes A total of eight deleted
scenes. Some of these deleted scenes give another
perspective to the film (19:58)
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