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Bad Living

May 11, 2023
2hr 7min
Status: released

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Bad Living Movie Details:

Movie NameBad Living
Original titleMal viver
Country Portugal, France
Language Portuguese
Release Date22 February 2023 (Berlinale)
11 May 2023 (Portugal)
Running Time2hr 7min
CastAnabela Moreira
Rita Blanco
Madalena Almeida
Cleia Almeida
Directed by João Canijo
Written byJoão Canijo
Produced byPedro Borges
Cinematography by Leonore Teles
Edited by João Braz
Production CompanyMidas Films
Les Films de l’Après-Midi
Box Office Collection$85,485

Bad Living Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Anabela Moreira as Piedade
  • Rita Blanco as Sara
  • Madalena Almeida as Salome
  • Cleia Almeida as Raquel
  • Vera Barreto as Angela
  • Nuno Lopes as Jaime
  • Filipa Areosa as Camila
  • Leonor Silveira as Elisa
  • Rafael Morais as Alex
  • Lia Carvalho as Graça
  • Beatriz Batarda as Judite
  • Carolina Amaral as Alice
  • Leonor Vasconselos as Julia


The plot follows five women from different generations of the same family running a hotel in Ofir, (in the municipality of Esposende, by the northern shore of Portugal). Their relationships with each other have gone sour and they are trying to survive in the declining hotel. Then an unexpected arrival of a granddaughter stirs trouble, as the latent hatred and piled-up resentments comes to fore.

About Bad Living Movie:

  • The plot is loosely based on the director João Canijo’s childhood.
  • The film was shot over a 12-week period in early 2021 at the Hotel Parque do Rio in Praia de Ofir. At the same time, Living Bad, a second film was made, that focuses on the guests of the hotel.
  • Bad Living was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere on 22 February 2023. The film won Silver Bear Jury Prize at the festival.
  • Bad Living was released theatrically in Portugal on 11 May 2023.
  • In September 2023, it was selected as the Portuguese entry in the Best International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards.