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Bread and Roses (2000)

 -  Drama  -  25 October 2000 (France)
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Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar Padilla ...
Maya
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Sam Shapiro
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Rosa
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Bert
Monica Rivas ...
Simona
Frankie Davila ...
Luis (as Frank Davila)
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Anna
Mayron Payes ...
Ben
Maria Orellana ...
Berta
Melody Garrett ...
Cynthia
Gigi Jackman ...
Dolores
Beverly Reynolds ...
Ella
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Juan (as Eloy Mendez)
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Maria
Olga Gorelik ...
Olga
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Un gruppo di addetti alle pulizie di un grattacielo di Los Angeles è continuamente vessato e solo l'intervento di un giovane e combattivo sindacalista del movimento Justice for Janitors riuscirà a ridare fiducia e rispetto ai lavoratori. PANE E ROSE era, appunto, la richiesta delle lavoratrici in lotta negli USA nel 1911. Written by rosebud6

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The Balance Of Power Is About To Change.

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Rated R for strong language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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$49,662 (USA) (11 May 2001)

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$525,738 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Prior to filming, Adrien Brody did undercover research as a union member in Los Angeles. He went to conventions and sat in on strike talks. A couple of the members recognized him, but Brody persuaded them not to blow his cover. See more »

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Sam: We want bread. But we want roses too.
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A brilliant, emotional film.
21 October 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have a deep sympathy & connection with this movie, because two of my dearest friends were Spanish-speaking cleaners in the UK (although completely legally). Now - through ridiculously hard work and frugal living

  • they are bilingual, educated, skilled, and making a decent life back in


their home country, where I hope to visit them one day.

As such, I can tell you that this film is so true-to-life it brought tears to my eyes. It also has moments of laughter and comedy, and an extremely important message to anyone working for low wages and low respect, and an equally important kick up the backside to people like me who never think we're paid enough, and forget about the 'invisible' people earning half our wages for doing twice the workload.

The actors (many of them cleaners in real life) are never less than excellent, and you have no trouble believing every scene. I encourage anyone to watch this movie, as it has an almost Shawshank-like feelgood factor, but is much more poignant and relevant than even that great film.

The additional programme on the DVD is not as informative as I expected (being more 'fly-on-the-wall' than documentary), but still packs a powerful emotional punch, and really adds to your appreciation of the reality behind the movie.


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