Better Life (Blu Ray)

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Carlos Galindo always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the US. But when his wife left him, Carlos's only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. From the director of About a Boy comes a touching, multi-generational 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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 223704575
UPC 025192108464
UPC 14 00025192108464
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/18/2014
Rating Rating
Family Life
Social Issues
Editors Note
Note ABOUT A BOY director Chris Weitz takes the helm for this affecting drama about an illegal immigrant who struggles to give his teenage son a better life by working as a gardener in L.A. Determined to move out of the city in order to get his son away from gangs and into a decent school, the devoted father comes into possession of a truck that allows him to earn a better income by taking more gardening jobs. But with immigration agents on every corner and vicious gangsters trying to lure his son into a life of crime, it's a constant struggle just to survive in such an unforgiving city without being deported. Demian Bichir, Jose Julian, and Delores Heredia star in a film written by Eric Eason (A JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT).
Box Office 5 stars out of 5 -- "The timing is right for this remarkable and riveting family drama which puts a human face on the hot-button topic of immigration in such effective and emotional terms that you may never look at the subject in the same way again." 06/21/2011
Hollywood Reporter "By keeping things simple and understated, Weitz and screenwriter Eric Eason have crafted a little gem where humanity is observed with compassion, not condescension." 06/15/2011
New York Times "[A]n emotionally resonant film about how we live now....A BETTER LIFE involves a struggle to hold onto a home of one's own." 06/24/2011
USA Today "A BETTER LIFE is must-see viewing, poignantly revealing what it's like living confined to the shadows of contemporary society." 06/22/2011
Movieline "The story is an urgent one and its frame is well chosen." 06/23/2011
Entertainment Weekly "Bichir gives a superb slow simmer of a performance. His Carlos is a silent striver who embodies a humanity that is ultimately heartbreaking." -- Grade: B 07/01/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he story takes on some of the shape of THE BICYCLE THIEF....The performances are pitch perfect..." 07/06/2011
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Chris Weitz cuts deep in this tale....This movie will get under your skin." 07/07/2011
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts obvious debt to BICYCLE THIEVES is repaid with sincere sentiment and strong acting." 07/07/2011
Sight and Sound "[A] gently understated tale....[Bichir's] performance -- much of it in subtitled Spanish -- is all the affecting for being utterly unshowy." 09/01/2011
Nancy Lenehan
Demian Bichir
Dolores Heredia
Joaquin Cosio
Cast & Crew
Nancy Lenehan - Star
Demian Bichir - Star
Dolores Heredia - Star
Joaquin Cosio - Star
Jose Julian - Star
Isabella Rae Thomas - Co-Star
Richard Cabral - Co-Star
Isabella Balajadia - Co-Star
Giselle Nieto - Co-Star
Luis A. Colocio - Co-Star
Ray Moreno - Co-Star
Taide Acosta - Co-Star
Isidro Vallin - Co-Star
Henry Ambriz - Co-Star
Miguel Alejandro Gaxiola - Co-Star
Robert Renderos - Co-Star
Marlon Correa - Co-Star
Adrian Mojica - Co-Star
Jason Medwin - Co-Star
Yelyna de Leon - Co-Star
Trampas Thompson - Co-Star
Gabriel Chavarria - Co-Star
Magi Avila - Co-Star
Robert Anthony Peters - Co-Star
Jorge Gaxiola - Co-Star
Charles Currier - Co-Star
J. Eddie Martinez - Co-Star
Abraham Chaidez - Co-Star
Rolando Molina - Co-Star
Tim Griffin - Co-Star
Todd Felix - Co-Star
Carlos Linares - Co-Star
Joe Renteria - Co-Star
Tom Schanley - Co-Star
London Symphony Orchestra - Music Performer
Javier Aguirresarobe - Director of Photography
Roger L. Simon - Story
Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Ian Fox - Camera Operator
Laura Greenlee - Production Manager/UPM
Ricardo Mendez Matta - Assistant Director
Jasmine Kosovic - Post-Production Supervisor
Chris David - Sound Re-Recording
Eric Eason - Screenwriter
Stephen Kelley - Set Decorator
Merrick Morton - Photography
Bryan John Venegas - Set Decorator
Trampas Thompson - Stunt Coordinator
Alexandra Patsavas - Music Director
Mark Sanchez - Makeup Designer
Gabriel Serrano - Sound Re-Recording
Wildfire Visual Effects - Visual Effects Designer
Catherine Pryor - Set Decorator
Ray Garcia - Set Decorator
Elbert Irving IV - Visual Effects Designer
Valorie Hubbard - Co-Star
Chris Weitz - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00025192108464
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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