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Is ‘A Beautiful Life’ on Netflix Based on a True Story? Inspiration Behind the Musical Film Explored

If you are a fan of musical films, chances are you would have already come across A Beautiful Life on Netflix. The Danish romance-drama premiered on the streaming platform on June 1st and has since then impressed a huge number of viewers.

A Beautiful Life follows the story of a fisherman with a gifted voice who is discovered by a music producer at a party. His rags-to-riches story, coupled with some intense subplots, make up for a good watch. Many viewers are now wondering if the film is based on the true story of a real-life singer. Read on to find out.

Is A Beautiful Life Based on a True Story?

No, A Beautiful Life is not based on any real-life story or incident. The film is totally a work of fiction, with a script written by Stefan Jaworski and directed by Mehdi Avaz. It revolves around a handsome fisherman named Elliot who happens to have an extraordinary voice. A famous producer discovers him and launches him into the music industry.

However, the protagonist still has to overcome some challenges to make it big. While the film is not based on a true story, the character of Elliot has been played by a Danish real-life singer, Christopher Lund Nissen. The singer has made his debut with the film and has also written and sung all of his songs from the soundtrack.

In an interview, Christopher clarified that A Beautiful Life is in no way related to his own life. While Elliot is an orphan who had a lonely childhood, Christopher spent his childhood with his parents in Amager, Denmark. Coincidentally, he has a brother named Oliver. In the film, Elliot has a best friend named Oliver whom he considers his brother.

Director Talks About the Inspiration Behind the Film

Director Mehdi Avaz explained that even though the film is based on a fictional story, he did take inspiration from his own difficult childhood to intensify the pain and struggle of Elliott’s character. In the film, the singer has to make some difficult choices and endure significant pain on the path to success, something that Avaz says he also faced.

The director also revealed that he discussed Elliot’s character with Christopher and the two decided that the character should not be a reflection of the singer’s real-life, but still have some of his traits as a singer.

More About A Beautiful Life

Apart from Christopher, A Beautiful Life stars Inga Ibsdotter Lilleaas as Lilly, Christine Albeck Børge as Suzanne, Ardalan Esmaili as Patrick, Sebastian Jessen as Oliver, Paw Henriksen as Jesper, Jonathan Harboe as Dennis, and Marie Askehave as Julie.

“Elliott, a young fisherman with an extraordinary voice, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is discovered by the successful and well-known music manager Suzanne. She pairs him with her divorced daughter and music producer, Lilly. On his way to stardom, the struggles of his past threaten not only his big break but also his budding love for Lilly.” reads the official synopsis.

A Beautiful Life is now streaming on Netflix. Stay tuned for more news and updates.

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