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.
R (for violence including a rape, sexuality and brief language)
Art House & International , Drama
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Stratosphere Entertainment


Lars Rudolph
as Severin
Julia Gschnitzer
as Old Nane
Ulrich Wildgruber
as Danninger
Elisabeth Orth
as Rosalind
Tilo Prückner
as Foreman
Werner Prinz
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Inheritors

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
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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.

Daniel Spencer
Daniel Spencer

Poignant and touching portrayal of a group of farm hands who come into unexpected fortune. You come to really empathize with them as they go about holding each other together through misfortune after misfortune. Very uplifting until the hammer just falls and you leave the theater with all sorts of questions about human nature.

Heinrich Hock
Heinrich Hock

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