The Good Life


Past was paradise – present is hell.How to be poor when one used to be rich? Two upper class ladies; a mother and her daughter, find themselves in a terrible mess now that they’ve spent all their money and can’t maintain their wealthy life style.


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The Good Life

The Good Life

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20 Euros for two weeks. This is what is left for the two women, mother (83) and daughter (56) in Eva Mulvad’s black family portrait from Portugal’s Costa del Sol. But things have not always been like that. The family used to be wealthy and passed down a fortune through generations. But now the money is gone.

The daughter, Anne Mette, and her mother have traded the villa for a small apartment, where they now live on the Mother’s small pension. All the same the daugther does not quite grasp the fact that the days of servants, beachfront property and lounging about by the pool are gone for good.

There is hardly anything left to take to the pawnshop and credit from friends and local stores is running out. As times get tougher, the mother sends her spoiled daughter out to make money. But how do you find a job when you are 56 years old, act like a teenager and have never done a days’ work in your life?

One final rescue attempt fails when the daughter desperately proposes to work as a prostitute. But her mother’s reply is “You’re too old – they don’t want old meat”. With empty pockets, a rich kid attitude and a blank CV – what will happen to the poor couple?

Directed by Eva Mulvad
Producer Sigrid Dyekjær
Produced by Danish Documentary for TV 2, NRK & SVT
Duration 60 min.
Year of Production 2011
Original Title The Good Life