The Good Life
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Mette Beckmann was the wife of Valdemar Beckmann, the son of a wealthy Danish family who owned a successful shipbuilding firm in Portugal; Valdemar inherited his family's fortune, and Mette lived a life of luxury from that point on, while their daughter, Anne Mette Beckmann, grew up free of want. The Beckmanns spent most of their time in Portugal, where Valdemar lackadaisically looked after the family business, but in 1974 the Portuguese government nationalized his business, and the Beckmann fortune was suddenly wiped out. In 2007, Valdemar died, and since then Mette and Anne have lived in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

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"While The Good Life is stylistically ambitious and heartfelt, it feels more forced than authentic."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Grounded in the rich cinematic tradition of Small-Town America, the film doesn't break much new thematic ground, but it's well-acted by the entire ensemble, which consists of both pros and young thespians."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As a director, Stephen Berra makes this all quite palatable, but as a writer, he frequently mistakes platitudes for profundity."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, OC Weekly
"The film spends what seems like interminable hours driving home the brutal truth that the world is better off without Jason Prayer, and, despite the anemic flip-flop of the last twenty seconds, it's hard to disagree."
‑ Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
"You just can't go from darkly morose to uplifting and hopeful in the last 30 seconds of the film without any kind of arc to take you there."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
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