The Inheritance (2003)
"Arven" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  9 July 2004 (USA)
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A young man is torn between his individual hopes and his sense of duty when his father dies and he is expected to take over the family industry.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Karina Skands ...
Peter Steen ...
Diana Axelsen ...
Holger Andersen
Ulf Pilgaard ...
Dick Kaysø ...
Jens Mønsted
Sarah Juel Werner ...
Linda Myrberg ...
Ung skuespillerinde (Young actress)
Lucy Andoraison Hansen ...
Eric Viala ...
Frederic Rousseau
Valerie Quent ...
Frederic Rousseaus kone (Frederic Rousseau's wife)


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

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Release Date:

9 July 2004 (USA)  »

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The Inheritance  »

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Nikolaj Lie Kaas was originally cast to play Ulrich Thomsen's character. See more »


In some scenes you can clearly spot that they have been filmed in Malmö, and not in Stockholm where they supposedly take place. For instance are the public transport buses not in "Stockholm" colours and in another scene there is a phone number visible on a shop window, which has the Malmö prefix. See more »


Follows The Bench (2000) See more »

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One of the most brilliant movies of the last years
25 October 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

" Inheritance " is one of the greatest European movies of the last few years. It might seem boring for an average American viewer who is used to Hollywood action movie culture. The film is a great reflection of a real life situation. It is wonderfully acted and very believable. Directing is superb. I would recommend it to anybody who has an appreciation for a fine art of European cinema ( particularly for its ability to depict life the way it is ). This is one of the movies that I would definitely give a 10.

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