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 asshole!

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!

Fuck off!

Get out of my sight!

The money is all there.

Fuck off, you fat cow!

Get out, asshole!

-Go away! Go!

-Maya Montenegro.

Get back in, bitch!

-What the fuck is that??

-I got mugged!

So fucking 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.

-Fuck 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 fuck up!

Let's toss a coin

to see who gets the bitch.

Somebody's gonna get laid tonight.

-You want that, don't you??

-Toss it. See who gets her.


-Head. I always win.

Tough shit, 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??

Fuck! Little shit!

Open, you bitch!

Open it now!

Fucking bitch!

Fucking bitch!

Son of a bitch!

Come back, you cunt!

My boots! Son of a bitch!


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??

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