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Rated R · 119 minutes · 2007

Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Like Steven Soderbergh's Traffic<>, this drama about the international trade in sex slaves maintains an uneasy balance between the dire importance of its subject and the falsity of its conventional Hollywood storytelling. It was based on Peter Landesman's shocking 2004 New York Times story "The Girls Next Door," yet screenwriter Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) has grafted onto the journalism a familiar scenario (c.f. Paul Schrader's Hardcore) about an upstanding Texas lawman (Kevin Kline) searching for his long-lost daughter in Mexico City and the feral teenager (Cesar Ramos) who enlists the cop to chase after his kidnapped 13-year-old sister (Paulina Gaitan). Kline gives an interesting performance playing against type, but with its action plotting and sensationalistic scenes of women being brutalized, the movie often seems to be exploiting as much as illuminating the problem. Marco Kreuzpaintner directed.
Official Site: www.lionsgate.com/trade
Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner
Writer: Roland Emmerich, Jose Rivera, Peter Landesman and Rosilyn Heller
Producer: Roland Emmerich and Rosilyn Heller
Cast: Kevin Kline, Cesar Ramos Ceballos, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Paulina Gaitan, Marco Perez, Pasha D. Lynchnikoff, Linda Emond, Kate Del Castillo and Tim Reid

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