Inheritance sees a middle-aged loner reuniting with a friend from his teenage years only to be shocked by modern day reality and horrified by the revelation that the porn star he becomes entangled with is his daughter.




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Maciej Kowalewski ...


Krister, a middle-aged Swede of Polish origin, has been retreating from the modern world. His life, on a small island near Stockholm, has turned into an uneventful slow death. His memories of Poland, a country he visited during his teenage years, are just as sad. The only reason he goes back is because he inherits a cottage in the Polish countryside. When he arrives in Warsaw, Krister is surprised by the city's modern infrastructure and by its outward signs of wealth. The butcher's shop he used to go to is now a sex shop, and his teenage friend Grzegorz is now a very respectable eye surgeon and gay. Krister is in for an even bigger shock as he meets twenty something Ewa. Krister thinks he is falling in love with her, which gives him a new zest for life. His discovery that she is a porn actress only adds to his obsession until he learns that their meeting is no accident, she is his daughter. Written by Andy Hislop

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An Oedipal myth, a tale of voyeuristic sexual obsession.









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September 2005 (Poland)  »

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£500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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evocative drama that marks out porembny as a talent to watch
24 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Inheritance is no simple tale of an older mans lust for a younger girl. It is an evocative drama that examines Jungs controversial Electra complex beneath the shifting lights of post modern society. When Kirster returns to Poland after a twenty year absence he is in for a few surprises. The city itself is metamorphosing- everywhere the crusty old socialist skin is being replaced by shiny new surfaces. Kirsters old school friend Grzegorz is a successful ophthalmologist, and gay. The old butchers shop, now a sex shop, sells live flesh in two dimensional form in lieu of dead meat. When Kirster is introduced to a young nurse Eva , he feels himself powerfully drawn to her youthful beauty. A nascent love revitalises Kirster in ways he thought unimaginable....that is until the truth of Eva's identity is revealed. With accomplished director Edward Poremby at the helm the narrative remains tight and tense and never strays off the mark. The action is presented without any reflection or moral pronouncement, leaving the audience to guess the couples feelings. Hemingway believed that a good story was like an iceberg, the text itself, what is interpreted by the eye, represents a tiny fragment of the story, the bulk of the narrative lies beneath the surface of the words. In the case of Inheritance, Porembny's deft direction has all the hallmarks of a deep sea diver. He has plunged into the dark depths of this story time and again, and dredged up images that tantalise audiences with a sense that the truth lies beneath the surface following their revelation. The film certainly marks Porembny as a man to watch in the future.

Karen Cooper- Capricorn Stage and Screen Directions Evan Mallony

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