This film will be available to rent on 12 August 2022

The Good Boss 15 rating

Javier Bardem is a beleaguered Spanish factory boss in ruthless pursuit of winning an award for excellence in this waspish corporate comedy.

Comedy 2021 120 mins

Director: Fernando León

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Overview

‘Hard Work, Balance, Loyalty’ are the values proudly inscribed on the walls of successful industrial scales company Basculas Blanco. Boss and community bigwig Blanco (Javier Bardem) promotes himself as a father figure to his staff-as-family. However, just as his factory is shortlisted for a local business award, Blanco quickly turns abusive parent while having to firefight potential catastrophes – a sacked employee’s public protest, his right-hand man’s marital breakdown, his own misjudged fling with an intern. His devious, desperate schemes generate the film’s escalating, wickedly black humour, expertly calibrated by writer-director Fernando Léon de Aranoa (A Perfect Day). Wonderful, too, to see Bardem centre stage, embodying the toxic, entitled Blanco, whose mentality continues to make the modern corporate world so fertile a country for rich old men.

Recipient of more Spanish Academy Goya nominations (20!) than any other film in history and shortlisted for Best International Film at the Academy Awards 2022.

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