June 24, 2011
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Chris Weitz
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, language and brief drug use)
Screenwriter: Eric Eason
Starring: Demian Bichir, Jose Julian, Dolores Heredia, Joaquin Cosio, Carlos Linares
Official website: ABetterLife-movie.com
Carlos Galindo dreamed of good things for his wife and future son when they crossed the border into the US. But when his wife left him, wanting more than he could give, Carlos’ only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. After years of hard work and trying to set an example for his child, he still finds himself drifting apart from Luis, now a teenager, who is susceptible to peer pressures that could lead him down a dangerous path. Seeing a way to control their own destiny, Carlos borrows what little money he can and invests it all into his own gardening business, hoping to finally achieve the better life he always envisioned for his son. However, after an unexpected turn of events, when everything he’s worked for is suddenly taken away, it is Luis, despite years of growing apart, who teams up with Carlos to take it back. Together, father and son embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover something more important – that family is the most important part of the American dream.