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A Better Life (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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School Security Officer
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Juvie Officer
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School Secretary
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Anita
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Linda
Carlos Linares ...
Santiago
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Truck Driver
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Storyline

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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gang | truck | gardener | police | money | See All (240) »

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Every father wants more for his son

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Drama | Romance

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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Gardener  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,087 (USA) (26 June 2011)

Gross:

$1,759,252 (USA)
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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: 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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Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) See more »

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Savor Amargo
Written by Jose Vaco Flores and Antonio Valdes Herrera
Performed by Juan Valentín
Courtesy of Balboa Records Co. and Discos Musart, S.A. DE C.V.
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Watch it for Demián Bichir's Masterful Performance!
26 January 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

2 Days back, Demián Bichir earned himself an Oscar-Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'A Better Life'. And that was it, I saw 'A Better Life' exactly 24-hours later since his nomination was announced.

Demián Bichir delivers a Masterful Performance. A performance, that is so well-done, it come across as an astonishing embodiment. He elevates this film!

'A Better Life' Synopsis: 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.

'A Better Life', even as a film, is worth-seeing, thanks to the the moving screenplay, written by Eric Eason. The relationship between the Father & his Son, is wonderfully handled & written. Chris Weitz Directs this Human-Drama, with bravery. Cinematography is eye-filling. Editing & Art Design, are decent.

On the whole, 'A Better Life' is well-made, but it's Demián Bichir's embodiment, that makes this film unmissable.


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