Cert: 15A

The Good Boss (El Buen Patón)

Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town awaits the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award: everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, the company’s proprietor, Blanco (Bardem) pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process.

The Good Boss is a workplace comedy with Javier Bardem as the friendly face of capitalist corruption, a biting and acerbic character study and a darkly funny social.


Festivals:

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021

Awards:

Winner - Best Film: Goya Awards 2022

Winner - Best Director, Fernando León de Aranoa: Goya Awards 2022

Winner - Best Lead Actor, Javier Bardem: Goya Awards 2022


Spanish entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.


‘It’s Javier Bardem’s show as he runites with Fernando Leon de Aranoa for this parable of power in a provincial Spanish town. The Good Boss is as smooth and efficient as a well-run factory.’

Jonathan Holland, Screen International

‘’With a style reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ trademark cinematic sarcasm, León de Aranoa artfully spins a story (which he also wrote) of bad behaviour trying to pass itself off as good.’

Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

‘Played with an inspired fusion of mundanity and menace by Bardem, Blanco is a riveting, slippery, unctuous protagonist-villain. With its wry outlook and flashes of visual jokery, the laughs are there.’

Guy Lodge, Variety