Over the last few months we’ve seen or learned of four thoughtful dramas with the word “Better” or “Life” in the title, and two with the exact same title. Chris Weitz‘s A Better Life, a drama about a Mexican immigrant’s struggle to survive misfortune, has been playing since late June. And Cedric Kahn‘s A Better Life, a French-produced drama about economic hardship, will play at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Also playing at Toronto will be Ann Hui‘s A Simple Life, which also deals with cultural and economic hardships and adjustments. And then there was Susanne Bier‘s In A Better World, which opened in early April after winning the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar last February.
I just think it’s time to give the Better + Life combos a rest.