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The Inheritors (1998)
"Die Siebtelbauern" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  9 October 1998 (USA)
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Austria, a little farming valley. Beginning of the century. When one of the farmers is found murdered one day, his labourers know of nothing, but are relieved, as the tyranny has ended. ... See full summary »

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Lukas Lichtmeß
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Emmy
Lars Rudolph ...
Severin
Tilo Prückner ...
Großknecht
Ulrich Wildgruber ...
Danninger
Julia Gschnitzer ...
Alte Nane
Susanne Silverio ...
Lisbeth
Kirstin Schwab ...
Lissi
Werner Prinz ...
Ganders
Dietmar Nigsch ...
Sepp
Elisabeth Orth ...
Rosalind
Christoph Gusenbauer ...
Hirtenbub
Gertraud Mayböck ...
Gertrud
Norbert Perchtold ...
Danninger's Neffe
Michael Pogo Kreiner ...
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Austria, a little farming valley. Beginning of the century. When one of the farmers is found murdered one day, his labourers know of nothing, but are relieved, as the tyranny has ended. Then, something new happens for the first time in history: The farm workers inherit the whole farm together, as the farmer himself was childless. Now, conflicts come up, as nobody is the boss and nobody has to obey. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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The rich get richer... and sometimes the poor get richer too. See more »

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Rated R for violence including a rape, sexuality, and brief language | See all certifications »
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Box Office

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$12,606 (USA) (9 October 1998)

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$196,452 (USA) (29 January 1999)
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Lukas: Nobody can beat me up anymore, right?
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Excellent story, beautifully told.
12 June 1999 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific film which I found really gripping because of its story of the unequal fight between a group of peasants and local landowners. So few films seem to portray inequality and the fight for justice that The Inheritors seemed to me like a breath of fresh air. I thought the story was simply but beautifully told, the scene at the communal meal where the characters assert their right to the ownership of the farm against the wishes of the brutal foreman is understated and powerful. The way they are shown standing up to his bullying against the backdrop of the place set as usual for the now dead owner is keenly observed and uplifting. The film looks superb, its rural setting is very authentic, and the performances of the actors catch well the growing confidence and political awareness of the peasants, always laced with elements of self-doubt. There is a tragic core to the film and a melancholy tone but it is never dull or depressing, the characters seem too busy with trying to make good their chance of a better life.


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