The Trespasser review

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Coming on like a Brazilian version of The Sopranos, this cracking thriller is set on the mean streets of São Paulo, where two businessmenhire assassin Anisio (Paulo Miklos) to kill their partner. But having unleashed the scraggly slum-dwelling hitman, they find they can't control him - not only does he seduce the daughter of his proposed target, he's soon turning up at their offices and demanding a security contract.

Brit cinemagoers are in for a treat next Spring, when ambitious Brazilian gangster drama City Of God - easily the best movie at Cannes 2002 - hits our screens. Till then, The Tresspasser will do very nicely. With its unsettling handheld cinematography, pumping Brazilian rap soundtrack and masterful grasp of the class war that fuels Anisio's literal invasion of the white-collar engineering firm, this is a startlingly edgy portrait of the "suicide capitalism" that's produced Brazil's innercity slums. It's angry, political and armed with all the devastating impact of a pump-action shotgun. Exciting stuff.

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