A Better Life

A Better Life

Director: Chris Weitz Cast: Demián Bichir, José Julián, Dolores Heredia
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A Better Life

About a Boy director Chris Weitz takes the helm for this affecting drama about an illegal immigrant who struggles to give his teenage son a better life by working as a gardener in L.A. Determined to move out of the city in order to get his son away from gangs and into a decent school, the devoted father comes into possession of a truck that allows him to earn a better income by taking more gardening jobs. But with immigration agents on every corner and vicious gangsters trying to lure his son into a life of crime, it's a constant struggle just to survive in such an unforgiving city without being deported. Demián Bichir, José Julián, and Dolores Heredia star in a film written by Eric Eason (Journey to the End of the Night).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2011
UPC: 0025192108457
Original Release: 2011
Rating: PG-13
Source: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 31,931

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Chris Weitz; Deleted scenes; "Jarinero" Music Video by Ozomatli

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Demián Bichir Carlos Galindo
José Julián Luis Galindo
Dolores Heredia Anita
Joaquin Cosio Blasco Martinez
Nancy Lenehan Mrs. Donnelley
Tim Griffin Juvie Officer
Gabriel Chavarria Ramon
Carlos Linares Santiago
Trampas Thompson School Security Officer
Valorie Hubbard School Secretary
Isabella Rae Thomas Linda
Robert Anthony Peters Truck Driver
Richard Cabral Marcelo Valdez
Isabella Balajadia Bella
Giselle Nieto Gigi
Luis A. Colocio Ruthie's Uncle
Ray Moreno Ruthie's Uncle
Yelyna De Leon Ruthie's Mother
Rolando Molina Jesus
Taide Acosta Young Woman
Joe Renteria Bearded Man
Isidro Vallin Payaso
Magi Avila Shot Girl
Henry Ambriz Mexican Singer
Miguel Alejandro Gaxiola Voz de Mando Singer
Jorge Gaxiola Voz de Mando Singer
Robert Renderos Busboy
Charles Currier Auto Mart Security Guard
Marlon Correa Prison Guard
Adrian Mojica Police Officer
Todd Felix Gabe Wettenal
J. Eddie Martinez Rey
Jason Medwin ICE Officer
Tom Schanley ICE Officer
Abraham Chaidez Coyote
Alexandre Desplat Conductor

Technical Credits
Chris Weitz Director,Producer
Javier Aguirresarobe Cinematographer
Caroline Quinn Decker Set Decoration/Design
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Eric Eason Screenwriter
Ian Fox Camera Operator
Jami Gertz Producer
Laura Greenlee Co-producer
Carla Hool Casting
Kelli Konop Co-producer
Peter Lambert Editor
Stacey Lubliner Producer
Yehuda Maayan Sound Mixer
Ricardo Mendez Matta Asst. Director
Christian McLaughlin Producer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Elaine Montalvo Costumes/Costume Designer
Tendo Nagenda Co-producer
Nicole Brown Co-producer
Alexandra Patsavas Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Simon Original Story
Melissa Stewart Production Designer
Christopher Tandon Art Director
Tony Thomas Executive Producer
Paul Junger Witt Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Better Life
1. Daily Routine [4:47]
2. School's Important [4:01]
3. Ask Anyone About My Uncles [4:52]
4. Suspended [5:59]
5. Day Workers Corner [7:26]
6. Build It Into A Business [8:28]
7. Betrayal [5:02]
8. Have to Find the Truck [4:21]
9. I Know Santiago [3:43]
10. Why Did You Have Me? [2:15]
11. He Sent the Money Home [6:56]
12. You Don't Have To Worry About Me [5:15]
13. Bittersweet Victory [3:48]
14. Processing Center [7:00]
15. Here To Advise You Of Your Choices [2:24]
16. Luis Returns Home [4:16]
17. You Were My Reason To Live [4:18]
18. Four Months Later [6:34]

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A Better Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Mayela More than 1 year ago
My favorite Oscar pick. Loved Demian. Incredible writing