• A Better Life (2011)

A Better Life

Release Date: June 24th, 2011

DVD Release Date: October 18th, 2011

PG-13 |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir), a Mexican illegal immigrant and veteran Los Angeles day laborer, has trouble connecting with his son, Luis (José Julián), whose gang-affiliated girlfriend is tempting him to ignore his father's example of clean living. Carlos buys a truck to begin working as a self-employed man and earn more money, but when it is stolen, his hopes for a more affluent life are dashed. Unable to turn to the police for help, father and son embark on a quest to find the vehicle.

Cast: Demián Bichir, José Julián, Dolores Heredia, Joaquín Cosio, Carlos Linares, Tim Griffin, Rolando Molina, Isabella Rae Thomas

Director: Chris Weitz

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Summit Entertainment

Keywords: Girlfriend, Friend, Father, Inspiring, Pursuit, Quest, Moving, Son, 2010s, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The performances are pitch perfect, even including Gabriel Chavarria as Ramon, the man who steals the truck. It adds an important element to the film that he embodies a desperate man, not a bad one. show more

  • 70
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    Bichir - who played Fidel Castro in "Che" - resists the pathetic impulse, bringing dignity and distinction to a man who wakes up every morning knowing it's not just his burden but his job to be invisible. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    By keeping things simple and understated, director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Eric Eason have crafted a little gem where humanity is observed with compassion, not condescension. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role