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Bread and Roses (2000)

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar Padilla Pilar Padilla ... Maya
Adrien Brody ... Sam Shapiro
Elpidia Carrillo ... Rosa
Jack McGee ... Bert
Monica Rivas Monica Rivas ... Simona
Frankie Davila Frankie Davila ... Luis (as Frank Davila)
Lillian Hurst ... Anna
Mayron Payes Mayron Payes ... Ben
Maria Orellana Maria Orellana ... Berta
Melody Garrett Melody Garrett ... Cynthia
Gigi Jackman Gigi Jackman ... Dolores
Beverly Reynolds Beverly Reynolds ... Ella
Eloy Méndez Eloy Méndez ... Juan (as Eloy Mendez)
Elena Antonenko ... Maria
Olga Gorelik 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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Taglines:

The Balance Of Power Is About To Change.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany | Spain | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 October 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bread & Roses See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£37,890 (United Kingdom), 4 May 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,662, 13 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$525,738, 8 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Cameo: Robin Tunney as a party guest See more »

Quotes

Sam: Stand up for your fucking rights!
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Referenced in Ocean's Thirteen (2007) See more »

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Vivid dramatic depiction of workers' struggle and perseverance
7 March 2001 | by co_iwwSee all my reviews

"Bread and Roses" is an engaging film about immigrant workers' struggles against poverty, state violence, and economic exploitation. I saw "Bread and Roses" at the Denver Film Festival thinking it was going to be a dry, lecturing documentary. Instead, it was a nuanced and complex dramatic depiction of powerful and engaging characters. It is rare to find such a politically charged film that is made so effective by presenting very human characters struggling with the contradictions of everyday life. It allows us to appreciate the tough choices we all make in conditions not of our own choosing--it allows us to explore issues outside of the knee-jerk judgments of good guy/bad guy and appreciate the very human responses to often inhuman circumstances we all participate in creating. The acting is generally very good, especially for a "low budget" production, but the main character's older sister delivers a monologue on her struggles with deprivation that still chills me to the bone even though I saw it months ago. Sorry for leaving out the details, but this is one film whose details you'll want to discover for yourself.


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