A Beautiful Life (2008 film)
|A Beautiful Life|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alejandro Chomski|
|Written by||Wendy Hammond|
|Music by||Ruy Folguera|
|Edited by||Alex Blatt|
A Beautiful Life is a 2008 American film released by New Films International, adapted from the play Jersey City by Wendy Hammond. The film received a rare 0% score on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
A young woman, Maggie (Angela Sarafayan), is on the run from her abusive father. David (Jesse Garcia) is an illegal immigrant working as a dishwasher while searching for his mother in Los Angeles. The two meet, and fall in love.
- Debi Mazar as Susan
- Bai Ling as Esther
- Dana Delany as Anne
- Jonathan LaPaglia as Vince
- Angela Sarafyan as Maggie
- Gloria Alexandra as Stripper
- Walter Perez as Enrico
- Saadet Aksoy as Denise
Although produced in 2008, the film was not released widely in North America until October 2, 2009, and first appeared on DVD on March 1, 2011.
This was the second film by New Films Intl., a long-existing global independent film distribution company based in Sherman Oaks headed by Nesim Hason, whose new American division was led by Tim Swain. The company describes its focus as "festival-driven, high-quality, cast-driven indie films". High-quality seems to be a vast overstatement, judging by the movies they have released. 
A Beautiful Life received poor reviews from the twelve sources noted by the Rotten Tomatoes website. Metacritic gave the film a score of 13 out of 100, summarising the reviews of the seven critics it measured as "overwhelming dislike".
The New York Times called it a "laughably clichéd dive into sexual masochism", and the Village Voice saw it as a "misery pile up ... about broken souls and crossed paths destined for the trash heap. Scream, smash, slap, cry, repeat."
Slant gave it a 1/2 star out of four, saying that "its awfulness [comes] in so many forms that it's hard to single out just one appalling example". Variety felt that it provided "unintentional laughs by the barrel", and predicted that the film would be a box office bomb. NPR said that although the film deals with some serious topics, the random nature of characters and controversies made it hard to appreciate them, describing it as "too earnest to be a hoot, and too amateurish to be anything else".
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- Swart, Sharon (July 15, 2009). "New Films Intl. enters U.S.: Tim Swain to lead domestic distribution unit". Variety. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- "A Beautiful Life". Metacritic. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- Catsoulis, Jeanette (October 1, 2009). "Mean Streets and Meaner People". New York Times. p. C10. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- Anderson, Melissa (September 29, 2009). "A Beautiful Life: Misery Pile-Up About An Abused Teenage Runaway". Village Voice. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- Schager, Nick (September 29, 2009). "A Beautiful Life". Slant. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- Barker, Andrew (September 24, 2009). "Review: ‘A Beautiful Life’". Variety. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- Jenkins, Mark (October 1, 2009). "Review: 'A Beautiful Life,' Sought In L.A.'s Seedier Corners". NPR. Retrieved April 3, 2014.