A Better Life

A straightforward look at the daily life of an undocumented Mexican making a living in the “gray economy” in LA while also, as a single dad, trying to raise his 14-year old son. The movie is not overtly political — it takes no position on whether the guy should be here, or what should happen to him. But by putting a human face on a stereotype, it makes its point.  Despite the heavy subject, the movie is often funny, and takes some surprising, and some surprisingly affecting, turns. The Mexican actor Damien Bechir (sp) got a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his performance, which hopefully will bring this small movie to the attention of a larger audience.

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