Bread and Roses

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ken Loach
Production: Lions Gate Releasing
  5 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Follow me! Follow me!

Follow me! Stay close!

Run! Hurry!

Hurry up!

Shut up, you a**hole!

Hide under the blanket.

Everybody keep quiet!

-Are you the relatives?

-Yes, we are.

-You have the money?

-Yes, I brought it.

I don 't trust you that much.

I wanna see with my own eyes.

Stay back there.

-The money??

-What about the kids??

-I wanna see my kids.

-Who 's paid up?? How are we doing??

Who's getting out??

Speed it up!

F*** off!

Get out of my sight!

The money is all there.

F*** off, you fat cow!

Get out, a**hole!

-Go away! Go!

-Maya Montenegro.

Get back in, b*tch!

-What the f*** is that??

-I got mugged!

So f***ing what??

I 'll pay for her!

Here's my wedding ring.

-Take my watch.

-I 'll pay too.

Let her out!

-Don't you move!

-I beg you, please.

-F*** you!

-Don't take her away.

Don't take her away! Maya!

Help me, Rosa!

Where are you taking me, bastard??

Rosa, help me! Help me!

Rosa, help me.

-Rosa, help me.

-Get away from the window.

Why are you crying??

-Where are you taking me??

-Shut up!

Don't complain.

-What a crybaby, you are!

-Stop with that.

Shut the f*** up!

Let's toss a coin

to see who gets the b*tch.

Somebody's gonna get laid tonight.

-You want that, don't you??

-Toss it. See who gets her.


-Head. I always win.

Tough sh*t, man.

Have you anywhere to work??

Let me carry your bag.

You're tired.

Don 't be like that.

What 's the matter? Relax.

I 'm not like that other prick.

After all, you're not as ugly

as I first thought.

But you're stinking, bastard!

You don't smell bad at all, baby.

You like them??

Where did you buy them??

Tijuana. They're the coolest boots

you can find there.

I can't wait, sweetheart.

-You like to sing?

-Just for fun.

-I know I' m standing outside

-Hit it!

But the day I die,

Iknow you'II cry

You sing pretty well, honey.

Cry and cry

FIy and fly

-lt's "cry", man.

-Yeah? You sing, I'll follow.

Then a mule-seller told me

No, I got it wrong.

You don't have to get there first

But you have to know the way there

With money or without money

I always do as I please

And my word is the Iaw

-Oh, baby!

-Turn round, I 'll scrub your back.

-I 'm getting to like you.

-Run some water.

Go on, you scrub fine.

That feels good!

And that is how you'II stay

With money or without money

-I always do as I please

-You sing well.

Let me see.

-Tell me...

-Just a sec.

Don 't be long.

Didn 't you like my voice??

Yes, I told you. Sing.

I heard you before.

I know you like me, baby.

I heard you singing in the car.

I saw you looking at my hair.

Women are mad about me.

How do you take care of it?

Where are you??

F***! Little sh*t!

Open, you b*tch!

Open it now!

F***ing b*tch!

F***ing b*tch!

Son of a b*tch!

Come back, you c*nt!

My boots! Son of a b*tch!


How are you? It 's me, Maya!

-Look at you! You 're so big!

-She is here, Rosa!

-Look at you!

-Ma was worried sick.

You 're taller than I am.

What happened?? I was so scared!

Thank God you 're here!

Thank God you 're back.

-And who is she??



That 's grandma.

-That 's the dress we sent her.

-And uncle...??


-Uncle "Quique". Show me.

Look at this.

And she is...


-Look at her in her fancy dress.

-She was beautiful at her party.

It 's time to do your homework, OK??

Luis, Simona.

-You have a test tomorrow, Simona.


Make sure your brother 's doing

everything the way he should be.

-No TV, right??

-I 'll stay with you.

No TV or anything. Make sure

he does everything right.

What happened

to you and the money??

I'm broke since Bert got sick.

Why didn't you tell me, Rosa??

Are you crazy??

What do you mean crazy??

I told you!

Yes, I told you. But you never

listen to me! You never did!

What 's going on here??

You said you had it fixed it up.

You don't mess with these guys.

-I thought I did.

-Rosa, what happened with the money??


I know someone who owns a bar.

I got you a job there.

He promised me US$ 800

in advance of your wages.

But he has a brother

and he didn 't tell his brother.

They got into a big argument and

today they only gave me US$ 300.

Rosa, I want to work with you,

cleaning the offices.

So do hundreds of others.

We talked about this before.

I know, but I'm faster.

Maya, we're not going to talk

about this anymore.

Enough is enough, you know...

Please, stop.

Okay, but what kind of bar is it??

Hi, pretty. Excuse me.

Where are you from??




-Where in Mexico??

-Mexico City.

-They say Mexico City women...

...are all sluts.

-I don 't know. Where are you from??

We 're from Guatemala.

You know what I heard??

Guatemalan men are all fairies.

Did you say fairies??

What do you mean by fairies??

Mind the bottle!

Mind the bottle!

Don 't get in trouble with

the guy at the entrance door.


-I told you, you can 't go in.

-You can 't go in.

-No?? And what do I do??

I don 't know,

but you have to stay here.

I 'll stay here, then. I 'll be here

until night falls, Rosa??

I don 't know.

-How are you doing??

-Not too good.

Not too good??

May I help you??

Waiting for someone?

You can 't hang in here. You speak

English? Understand what I 'm saying?

Yes, I speak English.

I can understand everything.

You can't hang in here.

You gotta leave. Got it?


-Thank you.

Are you okay?

Are you lost?

No, I 'm fine. Do you know anyone

here who could help me get a job?

No, but I can ask around.

Hey, gentlemen. Guys!

-She can 't hang in here.

-I 'm making sure she 's alright.

She 's alright.

She was getting ready to leave.

-She 's fine.

-She 's doing nothing wrong.

Look, you know the policies.

She can 't hang in here.

Are you sure you 'll be okay?

Come on, man. We 're late. He 's just

doing his job. He 's a good guy.

-Big f***ing donkey.

-What the f*** he 's saying?

-Long streak of piss. Let 's go.

-What the f*** did he say?

I gotcha. Pina...

whatever f*** did he say.

Your hair, I don 't know,

I think it 's not...

Can you turn around so I can see it?

Can you turn sideways?? Turn around?

Yeah, that 's not good.

It has to be tighter, because it 's

very dangerous, some machines.

The uniform is a little too big.

Can I see it tightened??

Can you hold it on your waist

and pull it tighter so I can...

Yeah, that 's nice.

Good. That 's better.

-That 's nice.


thanks for this chance, Mr. Perez.

I 'll work hard.

I know you will. I know.

It 's time we got someone young here,

get rid of these old worthless rags.

I get letters begging me to work

here. You know how lucky you are?

You realize that?

You know,

'cause I do a favor for Rosa.

I arrange the paper work.

Decent paper work.

For that, I charge a commission.

And what kind of commission?

Your first salary.

We can split it over two months.

I mean, you know...

What do you say?

Hold it! Hold it!

Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

You 're not running,

it 's not a marathon, okay?

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Paul Laverty

Paul Laverty (born 1957) is a Scottish lawyer and scriptwriter. more…

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