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A Better Life

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Illegal immigrant and hardworking dad Carlos Galindo always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S. But when his wife left him, Carlos's only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. A story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American dream.
Title: A better life
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Summit Entertainment, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: audio commentary with director Chris Weitz; deleted scenes; Jardinero music video by Ozomatli.
Summary: Illegal immigrant and hardworking dad Carlos Galindo always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S. But when his wife left him, Carlos's only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. A story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American dream.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some violence, language and brief drug use.
Alternate Title: Una mejor vida.
Statement of Responsibility: Summit Entertainment presents ; in association with Lime Orchard Productions ; a Witt-Thomas/Depth of Field production ; in association with McLaughlin Films ; produced by Paul Junger Witt, Christian McLaughlin ... [et al.] ; screenplay by Eric Eason ; directed by Chris Weitz
Credits: Music, Alexandre Desplat ; editor, Peter Lambert ; director of photography, Javier Aguirresarobe.
Performers: Demian Bichir, José Julián.
System Details: DVD; widescreen (1.78:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: In English or dubbed Spanish, with optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Immigrants United States Drama. Illegal aliens United States Drama. Fathers and sons Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Immigrants
Illegal aliens
Fathers and sons
Publisher No: 66119245
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A single dad raises a surly teenager who is being lured by L.A. gangs. Ironically, dad and son come together when they hijack a truck that was stolen from them.

List - DVDs - Jan. 2012 by: EPLReadersServices Jan 11, 2012

This moving story of an illegal immigrant father working hard to give him and his son a better life evokes Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief. This 2011 American drama is about a single dad in Los Angeles raising a surly teenager who is being lured by L.A. gangs. Ironically, the hijacking of th... Read More »


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May 28, 2014
  • Vreeah_Nuw rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This demonstrates the power of choice that youth have within them. Despite all the bad examples of manhood around him, and degradation of his culture in LA, Luis chooses to acknowledge his father's dreams for him, and decides to distance himself from his closest friends in order to excel.

Apr 28, 2014
  • dprodrig rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Carlos, an illegal immgrant, finally manages to start his own business when provided with an opportunity to take over from his current boss. Unfortunately, his American born son has made friends with a questionable group of people who threaten everything his father is attempting to build and provide for him. Carlos trusts the wrong person, and in his search to reclaim what was taken you see some pretty sad stuff of an illegal's life in the US. Unfortunately, just on the cusp of connection and movement, he gets caught and deported, leaving his son with his sister's family. The end is breath takingly real, full of possibility and you are left cheering for them all.

Feb 26, 2014
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Superb movie!.. Deep, intelligent, realistic, entertaining, and very well-done! I loved it! I Recommend it!

Mar 11, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“A Better Life” representa la experiencia de muchos inmigrantes en los EE.UU. La película disfruta de un buen elenco y guión. La recomiendo.

Sep 16, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Aug 14, 2012
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

excelente movie

Aug 05, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Best Oscar and Golden Globe film, Bicycle Thief (AKA Bicycle Thieves) by Vittorio de Sica, is the inspiration for this movie. Instead of 1940's urban Italy, this movie takes place in 2010's L.A. barrio, and the stolen vehicle is a landscaping truck. This is an excellent view of the trauma and daily life of illegals working at physical minimum wage to provide a better life for their children. Quite emotional as the two generations learn more about each other.

Jul 21, 2012
  • amethyst9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What I didn't like was the look of the film, which seemed somewhat of a 1970s look. It was well acted and with a good score. There is tension throughout as I kept anticipating something bad happening. Good solid father-son story.

Jul 16, 2012
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gritty tale of illegal immigration and the hopes of one man for his son.

best movie everrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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