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The Good Life

The Good Life
1:26:35 | 2011

Categories: Documentary, Biography, Comedy, Foreign, Festivals

Two Danish ladies—mother and daughter—live together on the sunny Portuguese coast. And they've always gone first class—until now. The 56-year-old daughter, Anne Mette, has never worked and grew up believing that money is something you just pick up at the bank. But what do you do when the bank account is suddenly empty? This touching documentary follows the pair in their numerous and often funny attempts to adapt to their new grim reality of unpaid bills. In the beginning the Anne states, "I'd rather die than work," but later she reluctantly tries to enter a job market she knows nothing about. Much like the Maysles classic "Grey Gardens," THE GOOD LIFE is a tragi-comic story of wealth, loss and delusion in a family that had it all and ended up with nothing.


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January 27, 2015
yes, I feel like this woman.. sometimes when we have it really good early in life we still need to feel what it is like for the rest of humanity. Most people in this world have miserable lives on the material level....
Barbara Hill
January 25, 2015
Realistic, somewhat Chekovian, drama, well-acted and disturbing to witness.
Dallas Eli
January 24, 2015
It's about something sinfull and undesirable by normal mature adults
Yulia Tvorogova
January 10, 2015
steven lane
February 10, 2014
A for the film. F for the daughter
maryanne rice
February 8, 2014
Tag Hunter
January 25, 2014
Larry D
September 18, 2013
Obvious parallels with "Grey Gardens" in no way detracted from my enjoyment. A good example of why it is difficult or impossible for a leopard to change their spots.
claudette de leon
September 14, 2013
I was wondering if this is a true story, It seems so real. I wish I could have helped this lady (the daughter) to get hold of reality. She has so much potential. She speaks five languages. She could teach, she could be an interpreter. she could work for an airline, etc. Needless to say, I wish there was a sequel. Did she get a job? is her mother still alive? do they have any other family that might help them? I would like to know what happened to them.
Linda Sebastian
August 22, 2013