Arven (The Inheritance) (2004)
Arven (The Inheritance) (2004)
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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 dad has just killed himself. Christoffer quickly discovers why: the steel business is on the verge of collapse and his mother (Ghita Nørby) urges him to take over rather than let his brother-in-law Ulrik (Lars Brygmann) assume control. Christoffer reluctantly agrees, but before long, his decision begins to drive a wedge between himself and Maria, while his difficulty in reviving the failing business forces him to deal honestly with his employees in a manner he's not accustomed to, as well as dealing with the uncomfortable points of corporate power. Arven (aka The Inheritance) is the second part of a trilogy by director Per Fly on the three primary social classes, following his 2000 debut Bænken. … More
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Critic Reviews for Arven (The Inheritance)
There's a major difference between Inheritance and The Godfather -- and that's a lack of epic and thematic sweep.
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.
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.
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.
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]
[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]
An absolutely bleak movie about the cost of family obligation. I first saw Ulrich Thomsen in "The Celebration", and like that movie, he does an amazing job of portraying a man who on the outside is dutiful, stoic, and icy, but on the inside is a rage of unbridled emotions of passion and rage. And like "The Celebration", it's depressing as hell. And also like "The Celebration", it's a powerful family drama. It raises big, relevant questions as to the choices one has to make between family loyalty and one's own ideals. And as in life, that choice is often an impossible one to make, because there is no answer that is inherently right or wrong. A strong, well-acted, well-made, thought-provoking film.
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