A Better Life

A Better Life

Streaming Video - 2011
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A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.


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Sep 08, 2016

This film is a slice of life many American citizens could not imagine living. Demián Bichir's performance is wonderful and moving. A Better Life is rated PG-13 for some violence, language and brief drug use.

May 20, 2015

This movie has a Disney feel to it but is anything from that. Terrible ending but overall a good movie.

Vreeah_Nuw May 28, 2014

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

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

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

Quimeras Mar 11, 2013

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

mrsgail5756 Sep 16, 2012

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

excelente movie

voisjoe1 Aug 05, 2012

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

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.

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