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Arven (The Inheritance)

Arven (The Inheritance) (2003)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 6

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A man is torn between love, family, and a responsibility he does not want in this drama. Christoffer (Ulrich Thomsen) used to work for his family's steel company, but when the stress of the job began taking a serious toll on his health, he left the firm and now happily runs a restaurant in Stockholm and is married to Maria (Lisa Werlinder), a lovely and promising stage actress. At the urging of his father, Christoffer flies to Denmark for a family visit, only to discover upon arrival that his


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There's a major difference between Inheritance and The Godfather -- and that's a lack of epic and thematic sweep.

February 4, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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What makes The Inheritance so watchable, and so different from recent couples dramas like Closer, is that these privileged people are decent, likable and struggling to do the right thing.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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In his role, Thomsen is strong and convincing.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Highly dramatic and intensely emotional, blessed with strong themes and an unstoppable narrative drive, it is adult, intelligent entertainment of a kind we rarely see these days.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Fly's heartbreaking drama about a man who inherits a ton of power and buckets of sorrow will tell you all you need to know about the soul-destroying nature of corporate culture.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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While the entire movie is one massive flashback, the real reasons for all this Danish dysfunction go unexplored.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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...there's absolutely no denying the effectiveness of Thomsen's heartbreaking performance...

December 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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like updating Bergman for this millennium

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

Telling and insightful, inventively filmed and extremely well-acted as usual ... but why are Danish films so relentlessly bleak?

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

So much of this Danish-Swedish import is so uninteresting that it quickly becomes a chore to sit through. And that's too bad, because the film has a lot to say about professional- vs.-personal life struggles.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Thomsen brings an icy tension to the role, while Norby, as Christoffer's domineering mom, adds a chilling element of Greek tragedy to the story.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

a compelling study of the classic struggle men often have to make in choosing between wife and mother, duty and family, right and wrong.

October 16, 2004 Full Review Source:

The politics of the story come to life through the vivid characterizations of a uniformly excellent cast.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Fly's point is that private morality has public consequences. And this film's major achievement is making us understand just that.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A solid, involving Danish drama that proves discord, struggle and variance need not necessarily be lost in translation.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Fly's subtle observations about certain elements of the upper class come through with quiet force.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A dour Danish version of Dynasty without the gloss and glamour but with subtitles.

September 20, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It's not exactly fun family entertainment, but it is a realistic depiction of a man struggling between family duty and happiness.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Arven (The Inheritance)

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Inheritance", Christoffer(Ulrich Thomsen), a restauranteur, and Maria(Lisa Werlinder), an up-and-coming Shakespearean actress, are madly in love with each other while living the ideal life in Stockholm. Shortly after an impromptu visit from Christoffer's father, they learn that he has committed suicide. Upon their return to Copenhagen for the funeral, Christoffer's mother(Ghita Norby) asks him to become CEO of the family's struggling steel works, displacing his brother-in-law, Ulrik(Lars Brygmann), who has fifteen years of experience working there. Maria is none too thrilled at the idea of Christoffer's stewardship.(He had worked there previously but thoroughly hated the experience.) But he convinces her to stay and promises that it will only be for two years...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Inheritance" is pretty much just a predictable corporate soap opera but there is enough compelling drama at its heart to make it worthwhile. The movie also does a very good at exploring the notion of familial responsibility and wonders at its limits on an individual. [/font]
March 31, 2006
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