Directed by Beto Brant starring Marco Ricca, Alexandre Borges, Paulo Miklos and Malu Mader.
Engineers and longtime friends Gilberto (Borges) and Ivan (Ricca) have a major problem at work: their senior partner Estevao. Convinced that he is holding back their plans for expansion, they don't decide to go it alone or buy him out but instead hire contract killer Anisio (Miklos). With Anisio keeping his part of the deal, Gilberto and Ivan plan for the future - until the diminutive hitman decides that he fancies a career change.
Alternating between darkly comic and deeply depressing, 'The Trespasser' pulls no punches in depicting the reality of Brazilian street life. One can imagine the Sao Paulo tourist board watching in floods of tears, as director Brant goes straight for the black heart that beats in every city. "Welcome to the rotten side of life," Gilberto tells Ivan as the latter begins to suffer guilt about their actions, and what follows has nothing in the way of redemption.
Everyone here is either weak, vicious, devious or deluded, but the documentary feel and footage of Sao Paulo always make you feel that you're watching the characters play out real lives. The star is Miklos, who as the 'Cape Fear' style gouger with more brains than anyone else, blows every other actor off the screen. Through him, Brant provides telling insights into the chances people get in life - and what they do with them.
As the killer moves into the engineers' worlds, he makes his move on the daughter of their late partner, determined that his hands should be clean, if not cleaner, in the future. The hapless business partners meanwhile, watch their relationship crumble, try to sell each other out and eventually make you wonder if Anisio shouldn't do humanity a favour.
After all his good work however, Brant lets himself down with a very weak ending. Building up an intriguing triangle of greed and just what people will do to satisfy it, the film grinds to a halt. The last 20 minutes suggest there's an unforgettable confrontation on the way, instead we get a dawn stand-off, which while keeping with the general tone of the film, should end with more of a bang - or bangs.
But for Miklos, and the classic scene where he urges the engineers to put up the money for his rapper pal Sabotage to record an album, 'The Trespasser' is worth seeing.