A Better Life Movie Analysis

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Submitted By Marcos152
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Juan Marcos Romero
ENG 108
Armory Kaiser
27 February 2012

A Better Life Movie Analysis

In the movie A Better Life, the Main Character Carlos Galindo is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who started working as a day labor worker when he first arrived in the country, however he has had steady work from Blasco Martinez who owns a gardening business which he tries to convince Carlos to buy from him as he says he is moving. The idea of being self employed is very appealing to Carlos but he knows he can never afford to do so and the risk of getting caught and deported is very high. Carlos has a son Luis who is reluctant to go to school on a daily basis and gets into trouble as he is influenced by his friends who are part of the South Central gang life style. Carlos and his wife came from Jalisco which is a state in Mexico which is primarily made up of several small villages where "Charros" or Mexican cowboys would get married and head north to start a new life in America. Carlos believed that life in America would be simple in which if you worked hard opportunities would present themselves and you could be happy, that unfortunately was not the case and Carlos's wife ended up leaving him alone with their young son Luis.
The main difficulties that Carlos and Luis face are that they live in a rough neighborhood in south central Los Angeles and even though Carlos has what seems to be a steady job with Blasco, Carlos is unable to save up the money needed to move to a better location. The biggest obstacle Carlos faces is when in an effort to become self employed and borrowing twelve thousand dollars from his sister to purchase the business from Blasco, Carlos gets his newly purchased truck stolen right under him by what he thought to be an honest day labor worker who speeds off with everything. Carlos is left to wonder how he will possibly pay back his sister but…...

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