Surprised by the title? I too was surprised beyond belief when I heard the news, but it’s true.
“True love goes beyond romance”, says Bella’s tagline. From what I gather, two characters face unexpected challenges, the heroine (pregnancy) and the hero (shattered hopes of a soccer career), but both find comfort in family, friendship, faith and hope. What must be wonderfully noted is the movies strong theme of the life’s sanctity from conception. From here, I do not know anymore details about the movie, but I will leave you with two versions of the trailer, and let you decide. Follow up with the second trailer and listen carefully to the last line at the end, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” So much truth to that statement. Scroll down a little further, and read about Trade.
“Every year more than 1 million people are trafficked across international borders…against their will”, which according to “Trade” is a sad and sobering fact that we must look at. Here is the synopsis from Trade’s website ( http://www.tradethemovie.com ):
“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 expose of one of the world’s most heinous crimes…”
If you are wondering about the song used in the background it is “Agnus Dei”, quite the fitting hymn for this global epidemic, “Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us”. I promise, you will be moved after watching this preview trailer.