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a good movie with great depth! This film portrays the story of an illegal immigrant who lives for his son.Even though the father is trying to earn money through his hard work,the son feels neglected and fails to recognize the care and love the father has for him till the end! Demian Bechir at his best especially at a part when he talks to his son about his life!!
A heartfelt immigrant LA story. Although my story was different (with a different backdrop), I was able to empathize with the characters' situation. I'm not claiming how accurate this movie is to real life, since I haven't experienced it firsthand, but it does make you think about your surroundings as an Angelino and what goes on in the undercurrent of LA. Like the kid in this movie, I too am probably guilty of taking for granted what my own father went through and what he was continually going through (at the time) when he was raising my brothers and I. Our situation probably made me connect with the movie more emotionally.
An illegal Mexican worker struggles to survive and raise his teenage son in the shadows of Los Angeles. A raw, emotional roller-coaster ride that spotlights U.S. naturalization the same way that "Waiting for Superman" educated & provoked discussion on U.S. public schools. A superb cast with powerful performances--especially from Oscar-nominated Demian Bichir as the father--takes viewers on a very heartfelt journey. Although illegal immigration is always at the forefront, this film is more about a father's attempt to live the American Dream and exemplify his hard work ethic to his son. The movie shows that great parents, regardless of ethnicity or race, try to give their kids a better life; and sometimes that can take its toll. Grade: A-
A telling look at the illegal immigrant situation. Humanizing the issue by following a hard-working, loving, and American loving Mexican father and his young teenage son A Better Life unfolds in front of viewers showing the issue isn't just "vatos" trafficking drugs into the country and ruining neighborhoods with their gang propaganda but that god fearing hard-working families are also extremely effected by stringent and unreasonable laws. The acting is superb all around and the direction top notch. A story for anyone on any side of the issue.
One of the rare films where you can anticipate every turn of the story but it doesn't matter because the central characters are so real, the performances so strong, and the problem they face (namely, the great cost of the American Dream) so real and so heartbreaking.