Bread and Roses

Bread and Roses (2000)

The Balance of Power Is About to Change

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date: 2000-05-10
  • User Rating: 6/10 from 65 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Alta Films S.A.
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
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From 65 Ratings
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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.

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Directing Ken Loach Director
Writing Paul Laverty Writer
Production Rebecca O'Brien Producer
Camera Barry Ackroyd Director of Photography