August 03, 2012

A Better Life (2011)

Directed by: Chris Weitz
Country: USA

Plot: 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.
Review: Another recurrent theme and familiar story: the difficulties felt by illegal immigrants in the US. This picture shows the day-to-day struggle of a Mexican gardner living in L.A., having in mind a better life for his student son. The predictable plot has been seen for too many times before. Weitz still tried to pull out some adventure of it but everything was so obvious and completely expected. So, nothing much here to dig out, except a great performance by Demi├ín Bichir, who was nominated for best actor by the Academy.
Relevant awards: Best actor (Santa Barbara Film Fest)

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