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Det gode liv (The Good Life)
dir. Eva Mulvad
Denmark, 2010, 86 minutes
Danish, English, Portuguese with English sub-titles

Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Friday, April 20, 2012, 7:00 pm
The Beckmanns used to have more money than they could spend. Now it’s all gone. The mother now supports her daughter off a small pension as they share a small apartment in wealthy Cascais, Portugal. The daughter, now in her mid-50s, never needed a job until now; she assures herself that she deserves more from life. In this engrossing documentary, filmmaker Eva Mulvad observes their attempts at making ends meet, their hopes for the future, their frequent confrontations. Reminiscent of the Maysles’ classic GREY GARDENS, THE GOOD LIFE is compelling viewing. English sub-titles.