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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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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
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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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Director Chris Weitz liked to do all the dangerous scenes in the script before he asked his cast to perform them. A stunt double taught Weitz and Demián Bichir how to climb a palm tree, and although Weitz was first to successfully climb one, Bichir did go on to film all the scenes himself, without a stunt double. Weitz told the audience at a SAG Screening: "That is why in my films there are not many scenes that require stunt doubles". See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Carlos Galindo: I worry about you all the time.
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Features Cribs (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hay Ojitos
Written by Cornelio Reyna and Dionicio Sanchez
Performed by Intocable
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Proof that the movie industry is just stupid
14 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Demián Bichir is simply brilliant in this film as the father trying to raise a son in gangland California. Admittadly most critics haven't even seen this film but Demián Bichir deserves an Oscar nod for his excellent role in this heartwarming film. I don't care how overlooked this film was by the masses, it is an excellent film, an award winning film, the stuff that will survive the centuries. The fact that the critics ignored it is only proof of how lame the critics are, not at all a statement about the quality of this movie. Best Actor Nod, all the way.

I can not say it enough, Oscar Material


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