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22 September 2000 (Greece) See more »
The Balance Of Power Is About To Change.
Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Underwhelming. Yet again. See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order)
Pilar Padilla ... Maya

Adrien Brody ... Sam Shapiro

Elpidia Carrillo ... Rosa

Jack McGee ... Bert
Monica Rivas ... Simona
Frankie Davila ... Luis (as Frank Davila)

Lillian Hurst ... Anna
Mayron Payes ... Ben
Maria Orellana ... Berta
Melody Garrett ... Cynthia
Gigi Jackman ... Dolores
Beverly Reynolds ... Ella

Eloy Méndez ... Juan (as Eloy Mendez)
Elena Antonenko ... Maria
Olga Gorelik ... Olga
Jesus Perez ... Oscar
Alonso Chavez ... Ruben
Estela Maeda ... Teresa

George Lopez ... Perez
José Jiménez ... Freddy (as Jose Jimenez)

Sherman Augustus ... Ernest
Julian Orea ... Coyote
Javier Torres ... Coyote
Roscio Saenz ... Emma

Blake Clark ... Mr. Griffin

Pepe Serna ... Restaurateur
Tony Rizzoli ... Personnel Manager

Tom Gilroy ... Director of Campaigns

Neal Baer ... Doctor
David Steinberg ... Lawyer
Ted Baer ... Lawyer

Terry Anzur ... TV Reporter
Greg Montgomery ... Supervising Policeman

Clement Blake ... Gas Station Attendant
Tom Bailey ... Truck Driver (as Tom Michael Bailey)
Richard Bravo ... INS Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vanessa Angel ... Vanessa Angel - Party Guest (uncredited)

William Atherton ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Lara Belmont ... Herself - Party Guest (uncredited)
Cooper Campbell ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Benicio Del Toro ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Oded Fehr ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Gary Fredo ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Stuart Gordon ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Rick Otto ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Chris Penn ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Ron Perlman ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Tim Roth ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Stahoviak ... INS Officer (uncredited)
Gail Thomas ... Corporate Lawyer (uncredited)

Robin Tunney ... Herself - Party Guest (uncredited)
Miguel Angel Varela Fimbres ... Caucasian Teenager with beisball cap in demonstration inside the building lobby (uncredited)

Samuel West ... Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)

Stephanie Zimbalist ... Stephanie Zimbalist - Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Loach 
Writing credits
Paul Laverty (screenplay)

Produced by
Ulrich Felsberg .... executive producer
Rebecca O'Brien .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Morris 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
Rosalinda Morales 
Ronnie Yeskel 
Production Design by
Martin Johnson 
Art Direction by
Tucker Doherty  (as Catherine Doherty)
Set Decoration by
Melissa M. Levander  (as Melissa Levander)
Costume Design by
Michele Michel  (as Michelle Michel)
Makeup Department
Veronique Guillem .... makeup designer
Yvette Perez .... hair stylist
Production Management
Cathy Mickel Gibson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bradley Morris .... second second assistant director
Ricardo Méndez Matta .... first assistant director (as Ricardo Mendez Matta)
Sharon Swab .... second assistant director
Jorge L. Baron .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Chris Forster .... construction coordinator
Michael Lindsay .... property master
Paula Maslowski .... art department production assistant
Eric Reichardt .... head painter
Julie Witherington .... property assistant (as Julie Sexsmith)
Sound Department
Ray Beckett .... sound recordist
Robert Brazier .... foley mixer
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Kite .... utility sound
Richard Pryke .... sound re-recording mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Cadwallader .... electrician
Marcelo Colacilli .... gaffer (as Marcelo L. Colacilli)
Orlando Hernandez .... key grip
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Matthew Pearce .... assistant camera
Diego Quemada-Díez .... camera operator (as Diego Quemada)
Calvin Starnes .... best boy grip
Haskell Wexler .... second camera operator
Casting Department
Steve Brooksbank .... additional casting
Janet Cunningham .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Javier Arrieta .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Jeffrey R. Coulter .... assistant editor (as Jeff Coulter)
Anthony Morris .... first assistant editor
Rick Weis .... assistant editor
Mark Wright .... negative cutter
Music Department
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Transportation Department
Roger Bojarski .... transportation captain
Lance Cherniet .... transportation coordinator
William P. Lafon .... driver
Sean C. Ryan .... driver
Other crew
Robert Allen .... medic
Scott 'Ice Paq' Baron .... set medic
Martin Butterworth .... title designer
Pablo Cruz .... researcher
Caleb Duffy .... assistant location manager
Isobel Griffiths .... fixer
Quentin Halliday .... assistant location manager
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Erin Meehan .... set production assistant
Mario Paolinelli .... dialogue (Italian version)
Heidi S. Pavey .... production coordinator (as Heidi Pavey)
Leoncio Provoste .... production assistant
Virginia Romero .... staff production associate
Wesley Staples .... studio teacher
Suzy Strawn .... studio teacher
Vanessa Angel .... special thanks
William Atherton .... special thanks
Lara Belmont .... special thanks
Cooper Campbell .... special thanks
Benicio Del Toro .... special thanks
Oded Fehr .... special thanks
Stuart Gordon .... special thanks
Rick Otto .... special thanks
Chris Penn .... special thanks
Ron Perlman .... special thanks
Tim Roth .... special thanks
Robin Tunney .... special thanks
Samuel West .... special thanks (as Sam West)
Stephanie Zimbalist .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong language and brief nudity
110 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Sam:We want bread. But we want roses too.See more »
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Referenced in Ocean's Thirteen (2007)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Underwhelming. Yet again., 23 December 2010
Author: CountZero313 from Japan

Illegal Mexican immigrant Maya (Pilar Padilla) arrives at her big sister's house looking to work with her as an office cleaner. She dodges potential abduction and rape on her hazardous quest to make a better life for herself. However, union organiser Sam (Adrien Brody) convinces her that betterment lies not in slaving for below minimum wage, but in joining his Justice for Janitors campaign.

Watching Bread and Roses I realised that, for many years, my wish to support Ken Loach and Paul Laverty has over-ruled my actual dislike for their films. Bread and Roses references an inspiring story, but the actual relaying of it cinematically by Loach, and in narrative terms by Laverty, is flat and under-realized. The rhythm of the scenes is stuttering, like poor improv or early rehearsals. Sam shows up at big sister Rosa's house, and immediately launches into a pro-union speech like he has known these people for a while. The cleaning company boss is a pantomime villain. There is some kind of spurious romance triangle that never really develops, and a few so-called comedy scenes to ease the intended sense of tragedy, except the whole thing is so uninvolving that it hardly matters.

As much as Laverty cannot characterise beyond two-note archetypes, Loach appears unable to manage shot flow. The camera seems merely plonked down in front of the actors - there is not one frame where the composition seems planned, never mind memorable.

Kes is a masterpiece. But since then, I have sat through Riff Raff, Land and Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, My Name is Joe, Carla's Song, Ae Fond Kiss... and come away underwhelmed each and every time. The themes are oh-so earnest, the politics very correct, the focus on the under-represented, marginalised and disenfranchised laudable in the extreme. It just never seems cinematic. Does Loach ask himself "Why is this topic better as a fiction feature than a documentary?" If he does, I cannot imagine what the answer is.

My father was a car factory shop steward, so I grew up with these issues in my living room. I come from a Glasgow working-class background, so I am empathetic to many of Laverty's chosen arenas. But the bottom line is, I just don't find myself entertained or edified by any of these films. Watching Bread and Roses, I didn't laugh, and I didn't cry. And it was clearly going after both reactions.

Loach does get some great performances at times (e.g. Peter Mullen in My Name is Joe), and here Pilar Padilla as the lead, and Elpidia Carrillo as her long-suffering elder sister Rosa, bring a touch of authentic rawness to the subject. But in a key revelatory scene between the two, the camera is placed at an in-between distance, the cutting arbitrary, and the words seem scripted rather than spontaneous.

Loach and Laverty now have a substantial body of work to their collaboration. Quite simply, I do not understand why.

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