A Better Life is a 2011 American drama film directed by Chris Weitz and starring Demián Bichir. The film follows the story of Carlos Galindo (Bichir), an undocumented Mexican immigrant living in Los Angeles who works as a gardener and struggles to provide for his teenage son, Luis (José Julián).
The film explores the challenges and difficulties faced by undocumented immigrants in the United States, including the constant fear of being deported, the struggle to find employment and affordable housing, and the tension between assimilating to American culture and maintaining ties to one’s home country.
A Better Life received critical acclaim, with particular praise directed towards Bichir’s performance, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The film was lauded for its honest and poignant portrayal of the immigrant experience, and its ability to humanize and give voice to a group of people often marginalized and dehumanized in American society.
A Better Life is a powerful and emotionally resonant film that sheds light on an important and timely social issue, and provides a poignant commentary on the complexities of the American Dream.
Duration: 98 min.