Bread and Roses

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"The Balance of Power Is About to Change"
  • R
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 7.0  (6,011)
  • 57

"Bread and Roses" is a 2000 drama film that tells the story of two Mexican sisters, Maya (Pilar Padilla) and Rosa (Elpidia Carrillo), who illegally cross the border to reunite with their family in Los Angeles. Once there, they struggle to make ends meet, scraping by with low-paying jobs in a city where immigrants are exploited for their cheap labor. Maya, however, meets a union organizer named Sam (Adrien Brody), who inspires her to fight for fair working conditions and better wages.

Through Maya's eyes, we see the harsh realities faced by many immigrants who come to America seeking a better life, only to be met with discrimination, abuse, and poverty. She works as a janitor at a high-rise office building, where her boss, Perez, is a cruel and exploitative manager who forces her and her coworkers to work overtime without pay. Despite the risks, Maya decides to organize her fellow workers and stage a protest against Perez, with the help of Sam and other union members.

As the protest gains momentum, tensions rise between Maya and her sister, who works as a seamstress in a garment factory under similarly brutal conditions. Rosa is skeptical of the union and worries that they will all lose their jobs if they go on strike. Maya, however, is determined to fight for justice, even if it means losing her job and facing the consequences of her actions.

The film is a powerful commentary on the plight of immigrant workers in America, highlighting the exploitation and abuse they face at the hands of their employers. It also sheds light on the importance of labor unions and their role in fighting for workers' rights and fair wages. The relationship between Maya and Sam adds a romantic subplot to the story, but it never overshadows the film's central message.

Overall, "Bread and Roses" is a thought-provoking and socially aware film that tackles important issues surrounding immigration and labor rights. The strong performances from the cast, particularly Pilar Padilla as Maya, make the characters feel real and relatable, while the film's gritty, realistic style adds to its authenticity. It may not be a lighthearted movie, but it is an important one that raises important questions about the way we treat the most vulnerable members of our society.

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