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THE GOOD LIFE Unclassified | Next Gen

La belle vie

Next Gen | Feature
D Jean Denizot | France, 2013
L French
Tags: Australian Premiere, Coming of Age, Crime, Drama, Family, Rural
 

Evoking the spirits of Jeff Nichols' Mud and Sidney Lumet's Running on Empty, this likeable film 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 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 French 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, the film looks at how we can turn out all right, under even the strangest of upbringings.

"A nuanced, emotionally authentic coming of age story." – Screen

MIFF recommends ages 15+

D Jean Denizot P Mathieu Bompoint S Jean Denizot, Frédérique Moreau, in collaboration with Catherine Paillé WS The Match Factory L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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