Bread and Roses
Review by Ross Anthony

This film chronicles a janitor's strike in Los Angeles through the eye of Mexican immigrant Maya. Accomplishing a tough task, the film dramatizes reality, creating a documentary with story lines. Reality is achieved in the acting ... not through some annoying shaky video camera work.

Though a bit faint in the send off, the picture eventually becomes powerful enough to choke up its audiences. You'll rally with these underpaid workers as they risk very real hardships in order to be compensated with due pay and respect for their labors.

Suspiciously lacking a second point of view, the film certainly packs a loaded punch. Still, it's hard to disagree with rewarding hard work with more than just $5.75 an hour.

Pilar Padilla, Elpidia Carrillo, George Lopez deliver some outstandingly real performances.

[Director Ken Loach Interview]

  • Bread and Roses. Copyright © 2001.
  • Starring Pilar Padilla, Elpidia Carrillo, George Lopez, Adrien Brody.
  • Directed by Ken Loach.
  • Written by Paul Laverty.
  • Produced by Rebecca O'Brien at Parallax Pictures, Road Movies Vierte Produktionen and Tornasol/Alta Films.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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