The Inheritors Reviews
This is a German dialogue film about a group of farm hands that inherit the farm they work on when the farmer is murdered. The farmer was obviously a scoundrel who knew that his will would come as a complete surprise to all; his workers, the other farmers and the whole village. It is set in a time when society was divided all over Europe into two clearly defined groups: the rich land-owning farmers and the poor farm-working peasants. As the dead farmer predicts in his will it will all end in tragedy. The shock and fear of the farm-hands soon turns to excitement and ambition as they set about running the farm. They do a better job then ever before and cause an uprising among other farm workers. They are a rag-taggle group of characters that are very empathetic. But it?s not long before the indignation of the other farmers turns to action and they wreak destruction at the farm and among the workers. In the end the farmers just will not let the farm hands better themselves by continuing to own the farm. This film is both amusing and moving. Its also interesting as the story of the central farm-hand character, a foundling, is revealed and we find out what connection he has to the murderer. It is also sobering to remember that such deep social divides really did exist up until only a relatively short time ago. Overall this film is nothing extra special but it is well worth a watch, particularly if you like foreign language films, which I do.