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A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.

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Cast

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Carlos Galindo (as Demian Bichir)
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Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo
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Blasco Martinez
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Mrs. Donnelley
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Ramon
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Facundo
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Ruthie Valdez
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Anita
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Linda
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Santiago
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Carlos Galindo is a decent man, a Mexican single parent working as a gardener in California to raise Luis,his fourteen-year-old son,whom Carlos is frightened will drift into local gang culture. Carlos buys a truck for his work with money loaned by his sister but a shifty new employee steals it from him and,though Carlos and Luis track the thief down,he has sold the truck. Father and son bond as they reclaim the vehicle from the pound but Carlos attracts police attention,making his future in America uncertain when it is discovered that he is an illegal immigrant. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Every father wants more for his son

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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28 July 2011 (Thailand)  »

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The Gardener  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,087 (USA) (24 June 2011)

Gross:

$1,754,319 (USA) (26 August 2011)
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Trivia

The plot of the film is very similar to that of "Bicycle Thieves", which centers around a man and his son searching for a stolen bicycle vital to the man's job. See more »

Goofs

When Carlos is chasing his stolen truck, he has his climbing belt in his hand. When he gives up and walks away, his hands are empty. See more »

Quotes

Carlos Galindo: You are the most important thing in this world to me, mijo.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.23 (2011) See more »

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El Jardinero
Written by William Abers (as Willy Abers), Ulises Bella, Justin Poree, Asdrubal Sierra (as Asdru Sierra), Raul Pacheco, Jiro Yamaguchi and César Castro "Jarochelo"
Performed by Ozomatli
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anyone who likes "real' life movies must go see A Better Life!
19 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My husband and I went to see this film. I lived in Whittier for 25 years - So. CA. since the 50's and went to L.A. many times and had friends who lived difficult lives such as this. We thought the movie was wonderful and very "real"! I loved how Dad and son related.

I'm a pretty simple person and like to watch nice movies - I am definitely going to watch this movie again!!

The only thing I would change is to make sure I bring a box of Kleenex! I was so moved and hurt I couldn't leave the theater for at least 5 minutes!

Go see this movie - especially if you like true to life movies - it's inspiring & loving.

God bless everyone who experiences life this way. This movie inspired me to start praying for all who are in situations like these ones!


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