Director: Fernando León de Aranoa
Cast: Javier Bardem, Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor
Genre: Comedy Drama
116 minutes – Spanish with English subtitles – 2021
Blanco (Javier Bardem), the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence. Everything needs to be perfect! But the veneer of the perfect company cracks as Blanco has to deal with a vengeful fired worker, a depressed supervisor, and an infatuated ambitious intern. To win the competition, the manipulative “good boss” shamelessly meddles in his employees’ private lives and crosses every line imaginable, unknowingly starting an explosive chain reaction with wild consequences.
The Good Boss scooped a record-breaking 20 nominations at the 36th Spanish Goya Film Awards, winning 6 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score and Best Editing). It was also the Spanish entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.
“A masterpiece. The best comedy on the market. The film flows across the screen with a martial lightness that tears through everything. With the clarity of a revelation, the film entertains and invites both laughter and despair. Bardem’s performance is close to a miracle.”
Luis Martinez, El Mundo
A tour de force of satire, a delirious trip of a film, The Good Boss is a convulsive, hilarious and accomplished dark comedy about the indignities of working life.
Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa
León de Aranoa’s impeccable writing and restrained direction work in harmony with Bardems pitch-perfect performance.
James Marsh, South China Morning Post
A clever script… as perfectly modulated in its construction as it is effective in its role as a satirical comedy.
Carlos F. Heredero, Caimán Cuadernos de Cine
Javier Bardem is up to his eyeglasses in office politics as a slippery factory boss.
Andiee Paviour, Nobody’s Reading This But Me