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The Good Life



France (93 mins, dir. Jean Denizot)

Evoking Jeff Nichols’ Mud and Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty, this nuanced coming-of-age story offers a tender insight into masculinity, identity and growing up.

Sixteen-year-old Sylvain and his older brother Pierre live a nomadic life with their father Yves. Staying off the grid seems idyllic at first, but after one too many close encounters with the authorities, a frustrated Pierre takes off, leaving Sylvain and Yves alone. When Sylvain meets the beautiful Gilda, however, he begins to question the life his father has set for him.

Filmed in the stunning Loire Valley, The Good Life is based on the true story of a man who went on the run with his sons after losing a custody battle to his ex-wife. Anchored by Zacharie Chasseriaud’s powerful performance as Sylvain, this likeable film looks at how we can turn out all right, under even the strangest of upbringings.

GENRE: Drama

KEY THEMES: Coming-of-age, masculinity, brothers, father/son relationship, parental conflict, self-sufficiency 

SUITABLE YEAR LEVELS: Senior secondary +

LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles

CURRICULUM LINKS: Languages (French), Interpersonal Development, Civics and Citizenship


  • Accepting that achieving independence from parents is not straightforward or easy
  • Recognising and accepting flaws and faults in family members
  • Learning to respect women
  • Realising that all families are different.

School Screenings

Tuesday 5 August, 11am at ACMI Cinemas

Thusday 14 August, 1.30pm at ACMI Cinemas