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The Legacy (L'Héritage)

The Legacy (L'Héritage) (2006)


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Three French hipsters and their translator travel through rural Georgia to claim a remote, ruined castle that one of them has inherited. En route, they encounter an old man and his grandchild who are on a journey to carry out a mysterious, morbid ritual designed to end a conflict between warring clans.

Sep 7, 2004

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Despite its undeniable thematic richness, 'Legacy' marks a slight return for Georgian director Géla Babluani.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Containing a bare minimum of suspense and excitement, story unspools like a shaggy dog story missing the punchline.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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A unique road movie telling a dark moralistic ethnic tale of a long-lasting blood feud between two village clans with fatal repercussions.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This grimly rewarding film reveals a nation trapped in its own historical legacy, and outsiders unable to understand let alone help.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Father and son Georgian filmmakers take an intriguing look at the collision between new and old, east and west in their home country. The film is colourful and almost shockingly vivid, with a refreshingly foreign feel that's thoroughly accessible.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The last act, which freewheels towards denouement like a driverless bus.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

This brilliant premise falls apart in the final act.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The week's biggest disappointment.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Legacy starts brilliantly and sustains its intensity all the way through but, in the last few minutes, forgets to give us a decent climax.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

There's intrigue here, but they're weighed down by the meandering pace and lack of dramatic payoff.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Laced with subtle comedy, Legacy is certainly an affectionate, oddball look at the lives of small town Georgians, but the meandering story, and it's surprisingly simple pay off, is not quite satisfying enough to make it all worthwhile.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A Hitchcockian atmosphere conjures up some genuine suspense but it loses points for falling into the realms of melodrama in the final moments.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An air of inevitability punctuates the picture and the lives of the lead characters are under-explored as the directors' focus on tourist ignorance of cultural differences at the expense of any real tension.

September 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

A deftly blended melange of European styles, from the wide-open vistas reminiscent of Russian cinema to moments of intimate absurdity echoing Antonioni.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The Legacy shows that simple films can work. The film doesn't need anything too ostentatious or amazing to sell the story.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Legacy (L'Héritage)

Two Americans (Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross) are guests at an old English mansion, where a strange set of events are taking place. A group of powerful individuals are gathered at the estate to receive their inheritance from a dying demonic host. Those who receive the legacy will suffer horrible deaths throughout. There are great scenes with an evil nurse, a mysterious cat, a clawed hand, viscious guard dogs, a dinner scene death, a burning man, and a scalding shower. Escape from the place is not an easy option. Slow-moving, but Patrick McNee and Roger Daltrey are there to entertain with their deaths. It's tame for the most part.
July 14, 2007

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Nice suspense and nasty surprises and not much wrong with it at all apart from a bit of a let down with the ending.
June 24, 2007

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In "The Legacy," Patricia(Sylvie Testud) is in Tbilisi, Georgia to look into her inheritance which she learns is little more than a ruin but decides to take a look anyway with her friends Jean(Stanislas Merhar) and Celine(Olga Legrand) filming the process. Since it would be kind to call the car of their interpreter and guide Nikolai(Pascal Bongard) a jalopy, they will have to take a bus for two days to get there. The journey is uneventful until a conversation with a young man(Giorgi Babluani) occurs where Patricia hears something that she does not quite comprehend at first...

"The Legacy" is a simple story, yet also deceptive in that it's not really about the characters we thought it was, almost lulling the viewers into a false calm before the story gets to a critical point and everything changes. That structure works well with the movie's central theme of westerners blindly stumbling into a situation that they do not understand and, no matter how wrong it may seem, are warned against interfering. Actually, there is foreshadowing of this early on when Jean gets into a fight which leads to Nikolai being injured, without having thought everything through first.
October 23, 2011
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  • The Legacy (L'Heritage) (DE)
  • The Legacy (L'Heritage) (UK)
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