Since they moved to New York City from a small college town in upstate New York, the Bergamot family have worked hard at making this big adjustment. Richard is focused on his new job as an executive administrator at a large New York university. Liz Bergamot, leaving her comfortable life and her own career in academia, has become a full-time Mom to 6-year-old Coco and Jake, who is 15. They find themselves in a strage new upper-class world since Jake and Coco attend an elite private school.
Jake has made friends with a group of boys at Wildwood school. They do things on the weekends that most boys their age do - play video games, go to parties, hang out. The Bergamot's have a beautiful life, or so it seems. Until the morning after Jake attends an unchaperoned party to find a sexually explicit video from an 8th grade girl in his email. True to form for an adolescent boy, with a combination of shock and pride, he forwards the video to a friend. Within hours it goes viral, and the beautiful life of the Bergamot's becomes a living hell.
This Beautiful Life
is an intimate examination of a family falling apart under intense pressure. Helen Schulamn expertly scrutinizes a contemporary nightmare with the precision and acuity of a Greek tragedy, a tragedy that even the most caring and vigilant parents could not protect their children from.