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Better Life (Blu Ray) (2011) - Oscar® Nominee!

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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 223704575
UPC: 025192108464
UPC 14: 00025192108464
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Editor's 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).

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/18/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 98 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2011
Video UPC UPC: 00025192108464
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Nancy Lenehan
Video Cast Info Demian Bichir
Video Cast Info Dolores Heredia
Video Cast Info Joaquin Cosio
Video Cast Info Jose Julian
Video Cast Info Isabella Rae Thomas - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Richard Cabral - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Isabella Balajadia - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Giselle Nieto - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Luis A. Colocio - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ray Moreno - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Taide Acosta - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Isidro Vallin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Henry Ambriz - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Miguel Alejandro Gaxiola - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Robert Renderos - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Marlon Correa - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Adrian Mojica - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jason Medwin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Yelyna de Leon - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Trampas Thompson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gabriel Chavarria - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Magi Avila - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Robert Anthony Peters - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jorge Gaxiola - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Charles Currier - Co-Star
Video Cast Info J. Eddie Martinez - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Abraham Chaidez - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rolando Molina - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Tim Griffin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Todd Felix - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Carlos Linares - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Joe Renteria - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Tom Schanley - Co-Star
Video Cast Info London Symphony Orchestra - Music Performer
Video Cast Info Javier Aguirresarobe - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Roger L. Simon - Story
Video Cast Info Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Video Cast Info Ian Fox - Camera Operator
Video Cast Info Laura Greenlee - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Ricardo Mendez Matta - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Jasmine Kosovic - Post-Production Supervisor
Video Cast Info Chris David - Sound Re-Recording
Video Cast Info Eric Eason - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stephen Kelley - Set Decorator
Video Cast Info Merrick Morton - Photography
Video Cast Info Bryan John Venegas - Set Decorator
Video Cast Info Trampas Thompson - Stunt Coordinator
Video Cast Info Alexandra Patsavas - Music Director
Video Cast Info Mark Sanchez - Makeup Designer
Video Cast Info Gabriel Serrano - Sound Re-Recording
Video Cast Info Wildfire Visual Effects - Visual Effects Designer
Video Cast Info Catherine Pryor - Set Decorator
Video Cast Info Ray Garcia - Set Decorator
Video Cast Info Elbert Irving IV - Visual Effects Designer
Video Cast Info Valorie Hubbard - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Chris Weitz - Director

Professional Reviews

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

"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

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