Saw Bread and Roses today: a drama about the plight of immigrant janitors, and the history and clash of two sisters. It did a really good job of convincing you that what you were watching was real. People mis-spoke, things were unresolved, there were some twists, but all believable. This meant that the “message” of the film was diluted by the filter of realism in a way a more constructed work would have avoided. It also meant that while you could sympathise with the characters, you understood how it was their own flawed natures leading to their minor tragedies. I think that this makes the film thought-provoking in a way unattainable for most hollywood movies. It left me feeling uncertain about the aftermath of the events shown too, aware that the lives of the characters would have both good times and bad in the future. Overall, it was quite good, with very solid performances all around.
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