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Javier Bardem is a beleaguered Spanish factory boss in ruthless pursuit of winning an award for excellence in this waspish corporate comedy.
The good boss likes to tell his workers that Justice holds Blanco scales in her hand. His company produces industrial scales, but the ones presiding over the entrance to the company, an old model with two plates, are out of kilter. Standing on the industrial outskirts of a small provincial town, for decades Básculas Blanco has been making industrial scales for major retail outlets, to weigh vehicles and livestock.
Blanco, its owner, is happy. His business is going through a healthy period: they are about to receive the Business Excellence award from the provincial government. The committee visit is imminent, and things must be perfect when the time comes. But problems with his workers seem to be conspiring against him. The good boss tries to iron out the issues at any price: doing his all to restore the lost balance, he will cross every line imaginable.
The Good Boss is a biting and acerbic character study with Javier Bardem in the titular role and a darkly funny social satire of the workplace. This is the third collaboration between award-winning director Fernando León de Aranoa and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem, following Loving Pablo and Mondays in the Sun.
“Masterpiece. (...) story of a man so conscious of being exactly who he wants to be that it even scares. And it amuses. (...) a Bardem that transforms to a place two steps away from the miracle.”
Festivals: San Sebastian International Film Festival 2021 Official Selection