Release dateSeptember 13, 2011 (2011-09-13) (Toronto Film Festival)
January 4, 2012 (2012-01-04) (France) WriterCatherine Paille (scenario), Cedric Kahn (scenario) Initial DVD releaseNovember 21, 2011 (United Kingdom) AwardsALMA Award for Favorite Movie CastGuillaume Canet (Yann), Leïla Bekhti (Nadia), Slimane Khettabi (Slimane), Abraham Belaga (Le marchand de sommeil), Nicolas Abraham (L'entrepreneur), François Favrat (Le banquier) Similar moviesChris Weitz movies, Demian Bichir movies, Movies about immigration
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Une vie meilleure, also known by its English release title A Better Life, is a 2011 French film directed by Cédric Kahn and starring Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti and introducing Slimane Khettabi.
Yann (Guillaume Canet) and Nadia (Leïla Bekhti) fall in love. Nadia has acquired a crumbling building in a Paris suburb and the couple decide to renovate it to launch a restaurant. But things turn upside down, high financing costs make things difficult, and Nadia, has to accept a temporary work opportunity in Montreal to pitch in with extra money. She has to leave her son Slimane (Slimane Khettabi) to Yann. Things get even worse when Nadia disappears without a trace. Yann has to sell the building at a low price, not enough to pay all his debts, and has to move with Slimane from his nearby caravan to an unattractive room, which he rents from the buyer. He robs the man and travels with Slimane to Canada. He finds Nadia, she is in custody. He comes to the prison but at first she refuses to accept the visit. The next day she allows him to visit her but to Slimane's regret she refuses to see him, out of shame. She is there for drug possession, but she is innocent. The next time she allows Yann to visit her with Slimane.
Guillaume Canet as Yann
Leïla Bekhti as Nadia
Arnaud Ducret as Nadia's Boss
Line Boutin as passenger in bus
Dan Demarbre as prison guard
Claudia Jurt as prison guard
Paul Finnigan as lawyer
Awards and nominations
2011: Director Cédric Kahn nominated for "Tokyo Grand Prix" of the Tokyo International Film Festival
2011: Actor Guillaume Canet won "Best Actor Award" at the Rome Film Festival