A Better Life


Genres: Drama

Review: A Better Life

What our critics thought of A Better Life

Christy Lemire
Preachy and so heavy-handed.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
At its best when Carlos and Luis are following the trail of the car thief.

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Carlos is an undocumented Mexican immigrant who works as a gardener tending the lawns of Los Angeles residents who are rich, especially from his point of view. He lives from hand to mouth and day to day in a tiny house whose garden is used to raise starter plants for his clients. His wife left some years ago, and he raises his 15-year-old son, Luis, by himself. In "A Better Life," these two men are being pulled apart by life in America. Carlos (Demian Bichir) keeps a low profile, works hard, holds traditional values. Luis (Jose Julian) hasn't joined a gang in his neighborhood yet, but that would seem to be his trajectory. He misses school, he quietly considers his dad an irrelevant loser, and when he asks for money and there isn't any, he knows how to get under his father's skin: "I'll jack a little old lady." …Read Full Review
Roger Ebert - Chicago-Suntimes - 07/06/2011