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A Better Life (Blu-Ray)

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A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. // Carlos vit seul avec son fils de 14 ans, Luis, dans un quartier modeste de Los Angeles. Immigrant mexicain illégal, il gagne sa vie comme simple jardinier. Quand son patron lui offre d'acheter son camion et de lui laisser sa petite entreprise d'aménagement paysager, Carlos croit enfin avoir l'opportunité de changer de vie et d'obtenir un peu plus de respect de la part de son fils. Toutefois, sa joie sera de courte durée quand le précieux camion sera dérobé. Carlos et Luis partiront alors à sa recherche et renoueront des liens familiaux qui s'étaient peu à peu effrités.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed by the excellent acting...A Must see! Jan. 27 2012
By Jon Doe
Format:Blu-ray
"A Better Life" is a thought-provoking movie on illegal immigration to the US. Whatever your view on this delicate subject is, this movie is a must see. I was very impressed by the great quality of the actors and actresses in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Life for an Immigrant in East L.As Gangland. March 21 2012
By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is one of those movies er sorry `films' that should have reached a much wider audience. It tells the story of an illegal immigrant from Mexico to East L.A. called Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir), he has sold his labour for a few dollars to give his son the chances that he never had. Only problem is that he is an illegal and so therefore works for a pittance and that means he can only live on the wrong side of town. This means his only son Luis has to go to East Los Angeles High School for Gang members etc. A place where having `twatoos', (as I call them), is de rigueur. Luis though seems to try to avoid all of that but it is nigh on impossible to not get swept up in that sub culture.

Meanwhile Carlos's boss, who he gardens for, is leaving and offers to sell him his truck and therefore the gardening business. He asks his hard pressed sister for a loan and decides that this is his big chance to really change things through honest hard work. Luis has been spending his time being suspended from school and or watching MTV shoeing programmes of `cribs' of Gangsta rappers and the juxtaposition with their one bedroom pit could not be more stark. This new venture though seems to make him take note.

This film by director Chris Weitz is an understated gem. He also gets all of his actors to do all of the stunts thus to keep the realism there and avoid stunt doubles. He also does all the stunts first himself to prove they can be done. He takes us on a tour of life as an underclass and how it is such people who are the unseen and unappreciated workers in the background that do so many of the jobs no-one else wants. That is not paraded for anyone though it is simply laid out for you to judge (unlike Loach's `Bread and Roses' for example).
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Excellent. I purchased it for the purpose of using it for my Social Studies class. I was not disappointed.
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