Monday, October 24, 2011

"A Better Life" film shows the true-life struggles of illegal immigrants

The film A Better Life, released this past July, was over 20 years in the making. It tells the story of a gardener whose truck- and his livelihood- were stolen. As an undocumented immigrant, he could not report the theft to the police for fear of being deported.

The film, which explores the struggles of illegal immigrants to the United States, specifically Los Angeles, had difficulty being picked up by production companies, who were wary of such a controversial film. A Better Life, however, does not take political sides in the debate, but instead focuses on the relationships between characters and the lives they lead in America.

Director Chris Weitz says the film focuses on people who are often "invisible" in real life- people afraid to be anything else for fear of authorities. In filming A Better Life, Weitz aimed to portray this story with empathy, giving a voice to those often unable to tell their story themselves.

For more information, see the official trailer for the film, or click here for an article by USAToday.

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The oppressed hero is now an illegal immigrant from Mexico (played by leading Mexican actor Demián Bichir) and the bike has become a pick-up truck, an essential tool for his job as a gardener in Los Angeles. The thief is again a pathetic figure in as desperate a position as the hero.


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November 15, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw this movie for the first time on an airline flight. I
found it very well written and acted. I've never heard of the lead Mexican actor, but he was very good. I would watch it again.

January 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not seen the movie, but the story sounds compelling. People do not see the struggles of others whom they see every day. You never know what someone is or has dealt with in their lives. I have always felt like an invisible person - my whole life has been a struggle and it seems that no one sees that, maybe because I do not want them to see or and mostly because people offer the wrong help or the wrong kind of advice.

March 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM  
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Anonymous Apartments In Cochin said...

I like how Chris Weitz kept the focus on the characters and avoided the usual politics of the subject matter. This movie kept the audience riveted to the screen without resorting to usual polemics found in similar subject films. Personally I think this movie is closer to "El Norte" than "The Bicycle Thief", maybe a mix of the two but still authentic. Superb performances by most of the cast including Demian Bichir as Carlos Galindo, newcomer Jose Julian as Luis Galindo, Joaquin Cosio as Blasco, Bobby Soto as Luis' friend. Richard Cabral, Jason Medwin and Tom Schanleys played very believable, three dimension roles. Eric Eason and Chris Weitz did a great job on balancing keeping it real and entertaining at the same time. Carlos, a Mexican gardener in the United States illegally doing all he can trying to single handed raise a son in a vulnerable age at a vulnerable time. If you are looking for a warm and heart felt movie without the overblown melodramas then this is a most see.

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September 9, 2014 at 1:34 AM  
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Anonymous devin said...

The story of this movie is very inspiring me and have a good meaning. it's very hard to find people like that now.

January 2, 2015 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Movie Glamour said...

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January 6, 2015 at 10:52 PM  
Anonymous faber walk said...

Sounds very intereting. Will try to get hold of it to watch real soon!

January 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Rachid Show said...

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January 12, 2015 at 3:26 PM  
Anonymous rendi said...

ilegal imigrant is seriously problem in the world, from this movie we now a little fact about that

January 14, 2015 at 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Ravs said...

Nice article, i am bit late reading it...but enjoyed reading it. Thanks.

January 16, 2015 at 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Movie Glamour said...

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January 18, 2015 at 11:23 PM  
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January 19, 2015 at 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

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January 21, 2015 at 3:35 AM  
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Anonymous Jonah said...

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March 26, 2015 at 11:48 AM  
Anonymous lokesh Kumar said...

Inspiring movie and great article, thanks for sharing with us. I watched the trailer simply loved it. Really nice movie.

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