Denmark, Germany, 2017 | 84 Minutes | A film by Eva Mulvad

Every note matters, every detail counts – perfection is more than an attitude!


    Charlie Siem has everything: a career as a classical violinist with sold-out concerts around the world and golden offers from the leading fashion houses, using him as a model in their international campaigns. On the surface it looks like the perfect life. But behind his photogenic looks, we meet a man who is trying to navigate his many options.

    What is the definition of a good career? How do you become the best version of yourself? And how do you create a life that meets both the outside world’s as well as your own high conceptions of happiness and success? For Charlie, this is not easy. The demands are high when every detail counts and only the perfect is good enough.

    The film is a portrait of a typical 21st century man. An existential journey into a world of expectations and choices. A story about us – the free and wealthy – who seem to have it all but are always on the hunt for more.


    Eva Mulvad graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2001. Mulvad got her breakthrough with ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS (2006), which won IDFA Amsterdam’s Silver Wolf Award and the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance. Her follow up documentary feature THE GOOD LIFE (2010) was selected for the feature-length Competition at IDFA and also selected for HotDocs, Tribeca and San Francisco Film Festivals. In 2011, THE GOOD LIFE was awarded “Best Documentary Film” at the Karlovy Vary festival.

    She has since directed films such as THE SAMURAI CASE (2011), THE CASTLE (2014) as well as A MODERN MAN (2017), which was nominated for the NORDIC:DOX award at CPH:DOX and an IDA award. A CHERRY TALE (2019) premiered at CPH:DOX. In 2019 Mulvad directed LOVE CHILD, which was selected for Toronto Film Festival and won for best documentary at the Chicago international Filmfestival and got a special mention at DOC NYC. Mulvad won the 2006 WIFT (Women in Film and TV) award for young film talents as well as DFI’s documentary award, Roos Prisen, in 2011. She is the co-owner of the acclaimed production company Danish Documentary Production and since 2019 a member of the Oscar Academy.


    Eva Mulvad

    Eva Mulvad
    Sebastian Bäumler
    Balthazar Hertel
    Konrad Waldmann
    Maggie Olkuska
    Ryan Gatt

    Adam Nielsen

    Sound Design
    Matz Müller

    Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
    Sidsel Sierste
    Stefan Kloos

    Executive Producer
    Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær PGA
    Eva Mulvad
    Mikala Krogh
    Pernille Rose Grønkjær

    Production Manager
    Karin Trolle

    Color Grading
    Sandra Klass
    Thorbjørn Münter

    Danish Documentary

    Kloos & Co Medien
    Bayrischer Rundfunk

    Commissioning Editor BR/ARTE
    Sonja Scheider
    Monika Lobkowicz
    Matthias Leybrand

    Post Producer
    Søren Green
    Louise Bejerholm

    Creative Consulting
    Molly Marlene Steensgaard


    Danish Film Institute
    Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union
    Nordisk Film & Tv Fond
    DR K
    Against Gravity
    Ceska Televize
    Kouzi Production


    World Premiere
    CPH:DOX 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Further Festivals (Selection)
    Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2017, USA
    Bergen International Film Festival 2017, Norway
    Message to Man 2017, St. Petersburg, Russia
    Lemesos International Documentary Festival 2017, Cyprus
    Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017, UK
    Oslo Pix 2017, Norway
    Sydney Film Festival 2017, Australia
    DOK.fest München Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival 2017, Germany


    Stream online here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/138731