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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.
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Cast

Ulrich Thomsen
as Christoffer
Ghita Nørby
as Annelise
Karina Skands
as Benedikte
Diana Axelsen
as Annika
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Critic Reviews for Arven (The Inheritance)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17)

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.

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

December 9, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
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
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.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Arven (The Inheritance)

Well-made if heart-rending film that might better have been titled "Ironheart". http://www.cinemaguild.com/inheritance/index.htm

Hal Morris
Hal Morris
½

This is a marvelous example of Scandinavian film-making and acting at its best. A very engaging screenplay.

William Kuhlman
William Kuhlman

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.

J Dean
J Dean

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