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The Good Boss

Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa
115 minutes
MA 15+
Set in a factory in Spain, this wildly funny drama follows a slick boss (Javier Bardem, Everybody Knows, No Country For Old Men) as he tries every tactic to boost the morale of his highly suspicious employees in order to get a prestigious award.
Blanco is the kind of CEO who likes to consider his employees “family.” He and his wife Adela never had children and so Blanco often encourages his workers to come to him with their problems as if they were his kids. Sadly, Blanco doesn’t know the difference between helping people and meddling in their lives crossing the line constantly. With superb performances from it’s quirky yet relatable characters, director Fernando León de Aranoa’s dramedy is a revealing story of the strained relationships that unwittingly develop when people put on sneaky and mysterious facades.
Yet as played with an inspired fusion of mundanity and menace by Bardem — his natural earthy charisma tamped down beneath shapeless suiting, wire-rimmed glasses and a lank, frosted swadge of executive hair — he’s curiously riveting, and the best reason this amusing but gazpacho-temperature satire has for being.


Sun 6 Nov
Cairns Central Cinema
MA 15+
In Spanish with English subtitles
Fernando León de Aranoa
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