A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. Him and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj's life turns upside down when a young lady and her child moves in next to him.
Marius Sonne Janischefska,
Stine Holm Joensen
Follows a precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, who tries desperately to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early seventies. Allan reveres his ... See full summary »
A young Danish man, Christoffer, lives a life of joy and happiness with his wife Maria in Stockholm. When his father dies his mother insists that Christoffer take over management of the family industry which is in danger of bankruptcy. He is torn between his chosen life and his sense of duty to his family and its past. When he chooses to step in as manager his family life and self-respect languish. Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
To start with the negative, I have two criticisms to make of Per Fly's film 'Inheritance'. Firstly, there's an "everything is beautiful" sheen to the world he depicts, manifested in the mock-idyll of the semi-aristocratic environment of its protagonists, the deep bond that connects the family business and the workers they employ, and the actors playing the characters themselves, especially the illuminating Lisa Werlinder. I appreciate that this is in part a stylistic choice, for the story is one of trouble beneath a superficially perfect surface, but real life is rarely that perfect, even when viewed superficially. Secondly, the tale of a young businessman worn down by executive responsibility and a dominant mother is fairly predicable. The latter fault is a special shame; because it threatens to mask what is a superbly directed movie, whose cast all give perfectly judged, understated performances. The opening sequences are utterly, though quietly, gripping, but once the basic scenario has been laid out, the story ceases to surprise and one can almost overlook the quality of the film-making: it takes the power of an unexpected scene (the attempted rape) to remind one just how skilfully Fly has managed to convince us of the reality of his world, excessive beauty notwithstanding. In some ways, and in spite of the more affluent setting, the story feels like something that would have been at home in Kiesolowski's 'Dekalog'; but in that work, each story took only an hour: at the same length, this could have been a knock-out. As it is, 'Inheritance' can't quite reach those heights; but it's still a compelling portrait of the way that people change.
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