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The Inheritors (1998)




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Determined to suppress the peasants' presumption, the local gentleman-farmers band together to thwart the success of the new land-owners. Conspiracy leads to violence, and the cycle of oppression repeats itself. The acting in this film is fierce. Gender issues in particular are given a fiery spin as the women characters refuse the yoke of patriarchal authority. What makes the story so poignant is that the principal villain recognizes the worth of the people he destroys, but will do anything to prevent a challenge to the social order. Ruzowitsky's film laments the loss of life and dignity through class struggle, and though the ending is forseeable, the desperate effort made by the former servants to prosper and enjoy life keeps you riveted.more
Rating: R (for violence including a rape, sexuality and brief language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stefan Ruzowitzky
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On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Stratosphere Entertainment


Lars Rudolph
as Severin
Werner Prinz
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Inheritors

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Time Out
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Inheritors

I found this movie by accident on cable tonight. It was in German with subs, but still very entertaining. No fancy cinematography, no digital imaging, not really much of a soundtrack. Still a very powerful story. Looking at the IMDB, most of the actors in the movie are German and have yet to be in any American movies. Nice to see that there are still simple movies that can rely on the story to be entertaining. I'm sure the budget was next to nothing. Most of the actors appear to be local or theater/stage actors. It's not like I fell in love with this movie, but it was a nice change from the eye-candy-filled hollow movies that are being mass produced as we speak.

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