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Bread and Roses (2000)

R  |   |  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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Storyline

Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers' union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Sam finds Maya a willing listener, she's also attracted to him. Rosa resists, she has an ailing husband to consider. The workers try for public support; management intimidates workers to divide and conquer. Rosa and Maya as well as workers and management may be set to collide. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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25 October 2000 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£37,890 (UK) (4 May 2001)

Gross:

$525,738 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Adrien Brody signed on without a script, because he trusted the director Ken Loach. See more »

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Sam: We want bread. But we want roses too.
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under the expectations
28 March 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Same typical themes handled in Loach's work. I felt something strange, while watching it, maybe the San Diegan locations might be strange to the fans used to seeing English and Scottish cities. Nevertheless I couldn't say the effort of observation and insight doesn't work; the young Mexican gal propelled by the American dream is very believable, the unknown cast acts with passion, expressing the various faces of injustice and biases migrants must endure. However, my final opinion on the movie is that it fails to illustrate the real situations these kind of people live in and their genuine feelings, that is the Ken Loach's peculiarity.


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