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The Inheritance (2003)

Arven (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 9 July 2004 (USA)
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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Christoffer
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Maria
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Annelise
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Benedikte
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Ulrik
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Niels
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Annika
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Holger Andersen
Ulf Pilgaard ...
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Jens Mønsted
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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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The entire movie was shot with two-camera technique. According to the director this makes it easier to use actor improvisation. Most scenes are also shot with long focal lens. Apart from the visual effect actors did not know where the cameras were. See more »

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The scenes that are supposed to take place in the flat in Stockholm, must have been shot in Denmark, as the electrical switches on the wall are clearly of the typical danish brand "FUGA". See more »

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"Memorable, sociological and masterfully narrated..."
7 August 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Danish screenwriter and director Per Fly's third feature film which he co-wrote with Danish screenwriters Mogens Rukov, Kim Leona and Dorthe Høgh, is the second part of a trilogy about the social classes in Denmark which was preceded by "The Bench" (2000) and succeeded by "Manslaughter" (2005). It premiered in Denmark, was shot on locations in Denmark, Sweden and Portugal and is a Denmark-Sweden-Norway-England co-production which was produced by Danish actor and producer Ib Tardini. It tells the story about a restaurant owner named Christoffer who left his parents' family company four years ago and now lives in an apartment in Stockholm, Sweden with his Swedish fiancée named Maria who is a stage actress and who has been offered a one-year contract at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Christoffer and Maria is visited by his father named Aksel, but shortly after Aksel has returned to Denmark Christoffer learns that his father has passed away and goes to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend the funeral with his family. There he is told by his mother named Annelise that it is utterly necessary that he comes home and replaces his father's position in their family firm called Borch-Møller Steel.

Distinctly and precisely directed by European filmmaker Per Fly, this finely tuned fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a remarkably heartrending portrayal of a Danish man who after returning to his childhood home in his homeland and going against the wishes of his future wife by honouring his mother and becoming the director of their company, has to fire one close friend after another for the sake of the family firm. While notable for its distinct, various and naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Danish cinematographer Harald Gunnar Paalgard and production design by production designer Søren Gam, this character-driven and narrative-driven story depicts an internal and majestic study of character about a heir who after being imposed into his father's footsteps becomes alienated from his personal life and a heartless business man who nearly loses his sanity trying to live up to his mother's demands, and contains a great score by composer Halfdan E.

This conversational, modestly romantic, atmospheric and incisive drama from the early 2000s which is set mostly in Sweden and Denmark during the late 20th century and where a man is persuaded into taking on a leading position which he is unqualified to handle and made to choose between his mother who favours him over her daughter named Benedikte and the woman he loves, is impelled and reinforced by its brilliant narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, tangible depiction of an upper-class family with strong traditions and the reverent and involving acting performances by Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen, Danish actor Lars Brygmann, Danish actress Ghita Nørby and Swedish actress Lisa Werlinder. A memorable, sociological and masterfully narrated family saga with a Shakespearian touch which gained numerous film awards and which is one of the greatest Danish films in modern cinema history.


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