Movieline's Hollywood Life - 03/01/2007
"[TRADE] introduces a number of appealing characters....Ramos adds some moral complexity to the story."
Box Office - 10/01/2007
"[I]t's the individual stories that are the focus here, offering empathetic characters that audiences can feel for rather than impersonal, if alarming, statistics."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/05/2007
"Kline gives a quiet, mournful, and effective performance..." -- Grade: B-
USA Today - 09/28/2007 3 stars out of 4 -- "TRADE is a compelling and terrifying look at a serious global problem."
At once soft-hearted and hard-edged, TRADE provides a compassionate look at an ugly world. In Mexico City, men kidnap13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) with the intent of selling her virginity to the highest bidder. Young Polish beauty Veronica (Alicja Bachleda) is held captive by the same men, and they threaten her young son across the ocean. As the criminals mistreat their victims, Veronica is Adriana's only solace as she is taken farther and farther away from home. Meanwhile, Adriana's older brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), begins to track his sister across the Mexican border into Texas and through the United States. On his mission, he runs into a Texas cop named Ray (Kevin Kline) who agrees to help him without ever really saying why.
TRADE isn't escapist fare: it's a socially conscious film that doesn't flinch from the most painful of details about the sex trade. There's rape, pedophilia, and suicide, and the film doesn't look away or glance over the horrors. This is German director Marco Kreuzpainter's first film on these shores, but he works like an assured veteran. After working for decades in the film industry, Kline is often most highly praised for his work in comedies such as DAVE and A FISH CALLED WANDA, but he's quite adept in this serious drama. Young actors Ramos and Gaitan are making their major feature debut with TRADE, but they both communicate the fear and frustration of their characters with remarkable skill.