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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.

Director:

Chris Weitz

Writers:

Eric Eason (screenplay), Roger L. Simon (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demián Bichir ... Carlos Galindo (as Demian Bichir)
Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo ... Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo
Joaquín Cosio ... Blasco Martinez
José Julián ... Luis Galindo
Nancy Lenehan ... Mrs. Donnelley
Gabriel Chavarria ... Ramon
Bobby Soto ... Facundo
Chelsea Rendon ... Ruthie Valdez
Trampas Thompson ... School Security Officer
Tim Griffin ... Juvie Officer
Valorie Hubbard ... School Secretary
Dolores Heredia ... Anita
Isabella Rae Thomas ... Linda
Carlos Linares ... Santiago
Robert Peters ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every father wants more for his son

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 July 2011 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gardener See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,087, 26 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,759,252

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,863,419
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot also shares a similarity with "Mildred Pierce" (1945), that being the lower working-class parent who sacrifices so that their spoiled teenage child can have better opportunities in life. 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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Connections

Referenced in Final de partida: Los premios Óscar (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

En Califa
Written by Alejandro Martinez and Ivan Scott Martin
Performed by Delinquent Habits
Courtesy of Ives Irie Music
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Inspiring and touching movie
16 October 2011 | by 851222See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

"Better Life" was a really good movie. It reminded my another good movie about similar life "The Visitor". This is a really inspiring and touching movie about single fathers "journey" to make a better life for his son (or as they say, to find American dream). The way is hard, and sure not everyone can go through it. It's really rare in these days to see such a simple story on a big screen, not overdone in special effects and stuff like that.

If you like simple and quiet but powerful stories, "Better Life" is one not to be missed.


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