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A Better Life Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 (Eric Eason). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 24, 2011

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Screen Actors Guild Demián Bichir Best Actor 2011 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Demián Bichir Best Actor 2011 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Demián Bichir Best Male Lead 2011 Nominee

Cast

Demián Bichir
as Carlos Galindo
Dolores Heredia
as Anita
Joaquin Cosio
as Blasco Martinez
Nancy Lenehan
as Mrs. Donnelley
Tim Griffin
as Juvie Officer
Gabriel Chavarria
as Ramon
Carlos Linares
as Santiago
Trampas Thompson
as School Security Officer
Valorie Hubbard
as School Secretary
Robert Anthony Peters
as Truck Driver
Yelyna De Leon
as Ruthie's Mother
Rolando Molina
as Jesus
Joe Renteria
as Bearded Man
Magi Avila
as Shot Girl
Jorge Gaxiola
as Voz de Mando Singer
Todd Felix
as Gabe Wettenal
Tom Schanley
as ICE Officer
Abraham Chaidez
as Coyote

Crew

Chris Weitz
Director
Jami Gertz
Producer
Chris Weitz
Producer
Paul Junger Witt
Producer
Eric Eason
Screenwriter
Roger Simon
Screen Story
Javier Aguirresarobe
Cinematographer
Alexandra Patsavas
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alexandre Desplat
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Lambert
Editor
Melissa Stewart
Production Designer
Christopher Tandon
Art Director
Laura Greenlee
Co-producer
Nicole Brown
Co-producer
Kelli Konop
Co-producer
Tony Thomas
Executive Producer
Caroline Quinn Decker
Set Designer
Elaine Montalvo
Costume Designer
Bryan John Venegas
Set Decorator
Ian Fox
Camera Operator
Carla Hool
Casting
Yehuda Maayan
Sound Mixer
Joseph Middleton
Casting
Dottie Starling
Visual Effects Supervisor
Chris David
Re-Recording Mixer
Alexandre Desplat
Conductor
Jasmine Kosovic
Post Production Supervisor
Kindra Marra
First Assistant Editor
Trampas Thompson
Stunts Coordinator
Scott Sanders
Sound Effects Editor
Laura Greenlee
Unit Production Manager
Carlos De La Torre
Second Assistant Director
Jon Title
Sound Effects Editor
Merrick Morton
Still Photographer
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