A Better Life (2011)

A Better Life (2011)

The illegal immigrant experience, portrayed with heart

7.6

Movie

United States of America
English, Spanish
Drama
2011
CEDRIC KAHN, CHRIS WEITZ
Abraham Belaga, Bobby Soto, Brigitte Sy
98 min

What it's about

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.

The take

Demian Bichir was nominated for an Oscar for his role in this movie where he plays an illegal immigrant and father. You might be wondering "who is that?", but trust me you won't after watching this movie. The kindness, complexity, and authenticity he brings to this story are unparalleled.

A Better Life is about the illegal immigrant experience, about the line between the fear of being caught and the aspiration for a better future. It's an excellent and important movie. 

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