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A Better Life (2011)

Une vie meilleure (original title)
Yann (Guillaume Canet) and Nadia (Leïla Bekhti) fall in love. Nadia has acquired a crumbling building in a Paris suburb and the couple decide to renovate it to launch a restaurant. But ... See full summary »

Director:

Cédric Kahn

Writers:

Catherine Paillé (scenario), Cédric Kahn (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Yann
Leïla Bekhti ... Nadia
Slimane Khettabi Slimane Khettabi ... Slimane
Abraham Belaga Abraham Belaga ... Le marchand de sommeil
Nicolas Abraham Nicolas Abraham ... L'entrepreneur
François Favrat François Favrat ... Le banquier
Brigitte Sy ... La femme bénévole surendettement
Fayçal Safi Fayçal Safi ... L'acolyte du marchand de sommeil
Annabelle Lengronne Annabelle Lengronne ... La voisine de Yann
Valérie Even Valérie Even ... La femme du restaurant en Vendée
Daria Kapralska Daria Kapralska ... La fille du restaurant en Vendée
Yann Andrieu Yann Andrieu ... Le copain en Vendée
Atika Taoualit Atika Taoualit ... L'assistance sociale au Collège
Arnaud Ducret ... Patron Nadia
Adou Khan Adou Khan ... Vigile magasin chaussures de sport
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Yann (Guillaume Canet) and Nadia (Leïla Bekhti) fall in love. Nadia has acquired a crumbling building in a Paris suburb and the couple decide to renovate it to launch a restaurant. But things turn upside down, high financing costs make things difficult, and Nadia, has to accept a temporary work opportunity in Montreal to pitch in with extra money. She has to leave her son Slimane (Slimane Khettabi) to Yann. Things get even worse when Nadia disappears without a trace.[1] Yann has to sell the building at a low price, not enough to pay all his debts, and has to move with Slimane from his nearby caravan to an unattractive room, which he rents from the buyer. He robs the man and travels with Slimane to Canada. He finds Nadia, she is in custody. He comes to the prison but at first she refuses to accept the visit. The next day she allows him to visit her but to Slimane's regret she refuses to see him, out of shame. She is there for drug possession, but she is innocent. The next time she ... Written by wikipedia

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

4 January 2012 (France) See more »

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Budget:

€5,800,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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struggling with poverty and adversity
12 May 2012 | by vincent_spanoSee all my reviews

Yann Laurent (brilliant performance by Guillaume Canet at his best) is working as a cook in a catering facility and aspires to get a better job as a chef in a restaurant. He meets Nadia, a young waitress, single mother of a 9.5 years old boy named Slimane. They fall in love; then during a day off near a lake, they encounter a closed mansion. With not much preparation, and lack of cash, they buy the place in the aim of opening their restaurant. What begins as a dram will turn out as a nightmare. After works being made to fix the place, authorities do not allow the opening for non compliance to regulations. The downward spiral begins, as they lied to the bank to get the loan (their initial cash was actually borrowed with high interest rates in many loans different companies). Nadia is offered by her boss to go work abroad in Canada. Shes asks Yann to keep her son for a supposedly short period of time, the time she sorts things out. But the situation for all characters seems to get worse and worse on the material level... Slimane's mother left, but he might have found a father... Overall, a film of quality, quite sad, but full of life. The harshness of times of crisis, when the poor people get desperate.


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