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A Beautiful Life -- Maggie, a sixteen-year old runaway wants a beautiful life and she will fight for it even if it means keeping her past from herself and others. But when the past catches up she finds her strength in David, a seventeen-year old illegal from El Salvador

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A love story about the encounter of two drifting souls. Escaping her abusive past, a woman stays the night with an illegal immigrant friend of a friend. The two get closer and fall in love, but face turmoil. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Debi Mazar ... Susan

Angela Sarafyan ... Maggie

Dana Delany ... Anne

Bai Ling ... Esther

Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Henry

Jonathan LaPaglia ... Vince

Rena Owen ... Sam

Saadet Aksoy ... Denise

Jesse Garcia ... David

Meltem Cumbul ... Antanas

Enrique Castillo ... Don Miguel

Walter Perez ... Enrico

Chrystall Friedemann ... New York Lady

Brandon Ficara ... Homeless Man
Kayla Paige ... Stripper

Bree Elise ... Lady

Royana Black ... Cathy
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Bill Lithgow ... Hippie Vendor

Ho-Jung ... Korean Wife Store Owner

Deidra Edwards ... Call Center Receptionist
Stefan Banica Jr. ... Gangster
Andreea Marin ... Romanian lady (as Andreea Banica)
Dan Kelpine ... Jim
Gloria Alexandra ... Stripper
Tim Moore ... Building Security

Directed by
Alejandro Chomski 
 
Writing credits
Wendy Hammond (play)

Wendy Hammond (adaptation) &
Deborah Calla (adaptation)

Wendy Hammond (screenplay)

Deborah Calla  screenplay

Produced by
Serap Acuner .... executive producer
Brandon Baker .... co-producer
Deborah Calla .... producer
Mark Andrew Clark .... co-producer
Izak Filiba .... executive producer
Lusi Filiba .... executive producer
Nesim Hason .... producer
Sezin Hason .... executive producer
Robert Holof .... executive producer
Robert Lansing Parker .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Ruy Folguera 
 
Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber 
 
Film Editing by
Alex Blatt 
 
Casting by
Adrienne Stern 
 
Production Design by
Natalie Sanfilippo 
 
Art Direction by
Lucila Rafaelli Tepper 
 
Costume Design by
Warden Neil 
Carmen Thompson 
 
Production Management
Robb Shelton .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian McQuery .... second assistant director
Anni Speckheuer .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Elizabeth Roath .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
David Barber .... re-recording mixer
Melissa Bylsma .... sound coordinator
Lisa Gillespie .... utility sound
Jay Golden .... boom operator
Jeff Merritt .... sound effects editor
Eric Reuveni .... foley mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Diane Wright .... titles producer: TitleWright
Steve Wright .... end titles: TitleWright
 
Stunts
Ray Lykins .... fight choreographer
Ray Lykins .... stunt coordinator
Jay Torrez .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Day .... grip
Jesse M. Feldman .... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Garlington .... grip
Anthony M. Gutierrez .... first assistant camera
Tom Howard .... best boy grip
Jay Hunter .... additional camera operator: "b" camera
Ben Kobbs .... second assistant camera
Christina Ortiz .... second assistant camera
Jon Peter .... first assistant camera
Gregory Peters .... still photographer
Marlen Schlawin .... second assistant camera
Harry Souders .... best boy electric
Keith Talley .... key grip
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer
Nick Tully .... grip
Matt Valentine .... camera operator
Christopher S. Walters .... electrician
Bobby Woo .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Rich King .... additional casting
Mac Marshall .... extras casting
Tammy Porto .... casting associate
Harika Uygur .... international casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Cadelago .... costume assistant
Diana Savone .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Joseph K. Chen .... assistant editor
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate colorist
Jay Trautman .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Mario Gilbert .... location manager
Stanley Longstreet .... location manager
 
Music Department
Jason Annis .... music supervisor
Gustavo Borner .... scoring mixer
Maria Entraigues .... songwriter
Angie Rubin .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Shay Morgan Brook .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Amy Arter .... script supervisor
Jeremy Craven .... key set production assistant
Sarah Ehrbar .... production assistant
Jim Harmon .... key set production assistant
Josianne Mailloux .... assistant production coordinator
Paul McDade .... audition reader
Paul McDade .... office production assistant
Frank Torti .... production coordinator
Marielle Woods .... production assistant
 

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Lives of Quiet Desperation, 8 December 2011
Author: lavatch from Twin Cities, Minnesota

This modest film focuses on a poignant relationship of a young man and woman, who share a common bond of desperation in their lives. The film is memorable for the two fine performers of the roles of Maggie and David.

The young man is an illegal immigrant seeking to bring his mother into the country, after he has risked his life to escape his lot in Mexico. The young woman has left home due to her abusive father. In the film, the relationship of the couple really evolves over the course of the action.

Although this is not a great film, it is sincere in depicting the emotional lives of the characters. It is also an economical film. It was refreshing to experience a 75-minute movie when compared with so many films that drag on senselessly for over two hours.

It was also interesting to see the role of a library, which impacted the life of the young woman. The kind librarian, who recognized a young woman undergoing a crisis, provided the crucial intervention for potentially saving a life. How many films today depict a library as a safe haven and a librarian as an angel of mercy?

The author Henry David Thoreau wrote that "the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." The two young actors really took some risks in exposing the raw, emotional lives of their characters. They deserve acknowledgment for their efforts and achievements in this film.

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