BREAD AND ROSES was directed by Ken Loach in 1999.
Maya, a young Mexican girl, has just passed illegally the border to join her sister Rosa in Los Angeles. The company which employs her sister as janitor in a building of downtown Los Angeles agrees to also hire her. Three months later, the two sisters receive one evening the visit of the trade unionist Sam Shapiro. Sam tells them that the company which employs them is not a syndicated company, that their wages should be higher, their holidays paid and their medical expenses covered by the insurance company of their employer.
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When one of her old coworkers is brutally laid off, Maya asks Sam to speak with her comrades. Sam proposes to them to make public their precarious situation by bursting in the cocktail party that will soon be organized by one of the law firms that own the building. The operation is a success and the TV news talk about it but Maya and five other employees are laid off the next morning. Sam and Maya then organize a demonstration in the hall of the prestigious building and the police force must soon intervene to stop the demonstrators. In prison, Sam learns that the company which employs the Mexican cleaners finally agreed to grant to them the welfare benefits they asked. They can now enjoy not only the Bread but also the Roses of the U.S.A.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler