The Good Boss

classified 15 S
Film

Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Director
Fernando León de Aranoa
Cast
Javier Bardem, Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor
Details
119 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Spain
Primary language
Spanish

Javier Bardem excels as a manipulative corporate boss of a provincial Spanish company in this ruthlessly funny corporate satire from director Fernando León de Aranoa.

Blanco (Bardem) appears to be a kindly, if bland, owner of a factory producing industrial scales. But behind the genial façade lies a selfish profiteer, currently setting his sights on winning the local Business Excellence award - by any means necessary. Putting out all the stops to get what he wants leads to Blanco making a long-serving employee redundant and taking advantage of his latest intern in the process... a good boss indeed!

Fernando León de Aranoa previously worked with Bardem on the 2002 drama Mondays in the Sun, which the director sees as a 'reverse angle shot' of The Good Boss. Twenty years later, their latest release changes gears dramatically, skillfully balancing humour with a merciless critique of greed and the changes that have taken place in the working world of 2022.