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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 87 MIN | 2011

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.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 87 minutes
Language: Danish, English, Portuguese
Country: Denmark
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Mette Beckmann, Anne Mette Beckmann
Director: Eva Mulvad
Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær
Editor: Adam Nielson
Director of Photography: Eva Mulvad
Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Sound: Rasmus Winther Jensen
Press Contacts

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

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

Special Note


Co-hosted by

Scandinavia+House

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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