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A Better Life (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  28 July 2011 (Thailand)
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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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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,754,319 (USA) (26 August 2011)
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At 21:10, the size and shape of the bread that Santiago is giving to Carlos Galindo is different from different angles. See more »

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Carlos Galindo: This truck is my only chance to grow this into something big. So we can move out of here and get you in a better school.
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Effortlessly Beautiful!
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Quite simply put this is an absolutely amazing film.

Demian Bichir is top class and fully deserves his Oscar nomination and probably deserves it more than most of the other nominees's. People are saying its a shock nomination however if you have seen the film you will understand completely why he got it.

Truly beautiful and am not afraid to say it made me cry. i know this is a massive topic in the United States however absolutely anybody can and will connect with this film. its not just a tail about illegal immigrants its an incredibly powerful father and son tale.

I will be tuning in to the academy awards this Sunday hoping he can win it!

If anything just give the film a watch you wont be disappointed!


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