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Bread And Roses

Adrien Brody , Elpidia Carrillo , Ken Loach    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, George Fenton, Jack McGee
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BIM
  • Run Time: 110.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056XFQNW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,490 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


maya e' costretta a lasciare sua madre a cuernavaca per emigrare clandestinamente negli stati uniti. sfuggita alle mire di un rude cowboy raggiunge a los angeles la sorella rosa con la quale va a vivere. comincia con il lavorare presso un bar notturno e poi in un'impresa di pulizia. ben presto maya si rende conto dello sfruttamento a cui vengono sottoposti lei e i suoi compagni di lavoro e, al contrario di rosa, vuole lottare. grazie anche all'aiuto di sam, un sindacalista statunitense che non ha rinunciato agli ideali. ken loach continua a proporci il suo cinema impegnato. guardate il confronto duro, aspro ma carico di umanita' ferita tra le due sorelle: e' una pagina di impegno civile tradotto in cinema. non succede spesso.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A class consicous worker is born... 18 April 2008
This film of Ken Loach depicts a labour issue in the United States. Janitors who are working in the cleaning business of great plazas face a great dilemma. They live in harsh conditions, earn just enough to barely avoid hunger but the places they clean and work are for higher elite of the society. Workers want to change this situation by fighting for their rights and by demanding higher wages and social security. They try to get organised but hard days await them. Betrayal, police brutality and arrests are in store for the workers. In the end will they insist on fighting or will they give up the struggle? There are some side issues in the film also. One is the problem of illegal immigration. Every year thousands of Latin Americans cross the United States border in order to get into the "dream" country. They are usually caught and sent back, but the succesfull ones work illegally for fear of deportation on lowest of wages for longer hours. They usually end up in illegal jobs such as prostution or drugs dealing.The other issue is the disunity among workers. Workers who accepted the issue of organising themselves slowly fade away as the struggle gets tougher. Some are blamed by their families, some sneak behind their educational careers but they eventually fall back. Their reasons are understandable but in the end thay fail to keep their word. A very real and dramatic film with a worker's point of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 29 July 2007
I loved this, it was romantic yet tough, ended well, all the characters suitably flawed yet appealing, it was filmed without the actors knowing the full plot and I think it showed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well directed, well acted, well I never! 9 Nov 2003
By davektt
See what happens when American money is invested in quality. Ken Loach directs a wonderful, understated and poignant film, based on true events. The largely unknown cast (though including the Oscar-winning Adrien Brody, in another fine performance, but not quite as good as his Oscar acceptance speech - whatever you thought about the war, it was good to see the advertisers being made to wait while he said his piece!)adds to the feeling that these are real people with very real problems, which is perhaps, difficult to achieve with iconic actors involved. Despite the fact that they are unknown, however, there is not a bad performance to be found, and its one 'star', Brody, shows that his Oscar was no fluke with a well-balanced performance.
Fantastic. On a side note, it would be nice, if only for the challenge of it, to see Loach create at least one film divorced from his socialist ideals, but then why should he, if he doesn't want to and can provide films of the quality of this?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom to live 7 Dec 2010
By Juanita
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a terric film - as always from Loach - his choice of social dependency again hits the nail on the head. although based on facts the human element in this fast moving make the topic more endearing. It helps educate those who dont know how the underclass live, their struggles and dependency for work on the 'bullies' of the establishment. It also treats of their desire to better themselves and how they try to do so, whilst at the same time attempting to achieve status quo. well done to director and actors who managed to bring this to life, with added sympathetic insight into the associated emotions, including pathos and comedic.
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