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A Beautiful Life (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 August 2008 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Alejandro Chomski

Writers:

Wendy Hammond (play), Wendy Hammond (adaptation) | 3 more credits »

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Credited cast:
Debi Mazar ... Susan
Dana Delany ... Anne
Angela Sarafyan ... Maggie
Bai Ling ... Esther
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Vince
Rena Owen ... Sam
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Henry
Saadet Aksoy ... Denise
Jesse Garcia ... David
Walter Perez ... Enrico
Enrique Castillo ... Don Miguel
Meltem Cumbul Meltem Cumbul ... Antanas
Kayla Paige ... Stripper
Royana Black ... Cathy
Brandon Ficara ... Homeless Man
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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.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida é Bela See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Life is Beautiful
by Celest Chong
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Completely unnecessary and cringe-worthy
4 March 2009 | by NewBeanzSee all my reviews

Having read that this is based on a play after seeing it, I understand why in some moments it felt like bad theater at its worst. The whole production was cringe-worthy. Starting with bad lighting, bad cinematography and bad sound and ending with Bai Ling. When she's one of the top heads in your floating heads poster, you've got a problem. One can't really blame the actors because they had almost nothing to work with. Every main character is a cliché and speaks with the innocence of someone who has never watched TV or been online. That's fine for a play but when you watch a movie you expect actual human beings, not archetypal sketches. Bai Ling plays the stripper with the heart of gold, while the other main leads dabble in such riveting characters as "abused teen" and "illegal immigrant". The movie feels rushed and there's no place for character development when every other line is a platitude. The movie features two short scenes featuring a couple of big stars from Romania. Had the movie been better, they would have had a chance to either shine or sink. As it is, they give just a couple of more underdeveloped scenes which will make the viewers either smile or roll their eyes. The concept of the movie "love conquers all" has been done to death, many times with great results, so this feels unnecessary at best. The only good moment in the film is delivered by Dana Delaney, who should stick to Desperate Housewives or get a better agent.


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