Irish Film Institute -A Better Life

A Better Life

Director: Chris Weitz

U.S.A., Drama, 2011, 98 Mins

Age recommendation: 13+

From the director who brought you Twilight: New Moon and About a Boy comes this touching and emotional story about the relationship between a father and his son.

Carlos is an undocumented Mexican immigrant living in Los Angeles with his 15-year-old son, Louis. As he endures the frustrating task of looking for work on the side of the road, Louis gets more and more distracted with local gangs. He becomes estranged from his father as well as his Mexican heritage. While the film’s plot is generated by the fateful robbery of Carlos’ truck, it is the complexity of this father-son relationship which offers emotional impact and awareness into the plight of Mexican workers fighting to remain north of the border.

This powerful drama deals with the themes of immigration, family, human rights and identity.

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