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Leftist filmmaker Ken Loach directs this grim drama about the plight of seemingly invisible office cleaners in contemporary L.A. who often earn as little as $6 a day without benefits. The film opens as Maya (Pilar Padilla), a young Mexican lass, is reuniting with her older sister Rosa (Elpidia Carrilio) in L.A. after a harrowing cross-border journey. Rosa sets her sister up first with a job as a barmaid, which Maya soon quits after getting repeatedly groped -- and then as a janitor. When her boss demands one month's salary as "commission," Maya happens upon Sam Shapiro (Adrien Brody), a muckraking lawyer and union agitator. This film, which was screened in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, is remarkable for its prescience -- it was shown a month after a massive janitor's strike ground L.A.'s business community to a halt. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:September 14, 2000


Ken Loach
Rebecca O'Brien
Paul Laverty
Barry Ackroyd
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Jonathan Morris
Martin Johnson
Production Designer
Catherine Doherty
Art Director
Ulrich Felsberg
Executive Producer
Ray Beckett
Sound/Sound Designer
Haskell Wexler
Second Unit Director Of Photography