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THE GOOD LIFE

Directed by Eva Mulvad
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 87 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE GOOD LIFE

A riches to rags story, The Good Life will inevitably remind many of the Maysles Brothers' Grey Gardens. Focusing on Danish mother and daughter Mette and Anne Beckmann, director Eva Mulvad references the iconoclastic film but shows the Beckmanns in their own light with their own special relationship. Hailing from a well-to-do background, having lived in Paris and Copenhagen, the two have settled in Portugal, now living a meager life after the loss of their family fortune.

At 56, Anne has never held a job. In fact, she still fancies herself a princess, and to her getting a job is taboo. Mette's weekly €20 pension is all that the two live on. They bicker constantly, usually stemming from Anne's belief that she should have been taken care of by the family money. With a sharp eye, Mulvad observes their present life even as the two live in their past. She cuts through the sensationalism of their situation and creates an unbelievable, sad, and amusing portrait of two souls bound together for better or worse.

Female Director(s), Documentary
About the Director(s)
EVA MULVAD was born in Denmark in 1972. She is the co-founder of the production company Danish Documentary. Her films include The Camp, Danish Divorce, The Last Dance, The Colony, and Enemies of Happiness.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    87 minutes
  • Language:
    Danish, English, Portuguese
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Producer:
    Sigrid Dyekjær
  • Director of Photography:
    Eva Mulvad
  • Composer:
    Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Director:
    Eva Mulvad
  • Primary Cast:
    Mette Beckmann, Anne Mette Beckmann
  • Editor:
    Adam Nielson
  • Sound:
    Rasmus Winther Jensen

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Signe Egemose Agger
    The Danish Film Institute
    Copenhagen, Denmark 1123
    Phone: +4.533.743.35.98
    signea@dfi.dk
  • Main Contact
    Per Andreason
    Copenhagen K, 1123
    Phone: +45.337.435.73
    festivalkd@dfi.dk
  • Director
    Eva Mulvad
    Danish Documentary Production
    Copenhagen K, 1202 Phone: +4.560.606.68.10
    eva@danishdocumentary.com
  • Sales Contact
    Sanne Arlo
    DR TV
    Copenhagen C, 0999
    Phone: +4.535.203.959
    saar@dr.dk
  • Director
    Eva Mulvad
    Danish Documentary Production
    Copenhagen K, 1202 Phone: +4.560.606.68.10
    eva@danishdocumentary.com
  • Main Contact
    Per Andreason
    Copenhagen K, 1123
    Phone: +45.337.435.73
    festivalkd@dfi.dk
  • Print Source
    Signe Egemose Agger
    The Danish Film Institute
    Copenhagen, Denmark 1123
    Phone: +4.533.743.35.98
    signea@dfi.dk
  • Sales Contact
    Sanne Arlo
    DR TV
    Copenhagen C, 0999
    Phone: +4.535.203.959
    saar@dr.dk

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