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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Thomsen ... Christoffer
Lisa Werlinder ... Maria
Ghita Nørby ... Annelise
Karina Skands Karina Skands ... Benedikte
Lars Brygmann ... Ulrik
Peter Steen Peter Steen ... Niels
Diana Axelsen Diana Axelsen ... Annika
Jesper Christensen ... Holger Andersen
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Aksel
Dick Kaysø Dick Kaysø ... Jens Mønsted
Sarah Juel Werner Sarah Juel Werner ... Marie-Louise
Linda Myrberg Linda Myrberg ... Ung skuespillerinde (Young actress)
Lucy Andoraison Hansen Lucy Andoraison Hansen ... Mira
Eric Viala Eric Viala ... Frederic Rousseau
Valerie Quent 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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Did You Know?


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


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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very good, sad film.
7 November 2007 | by WilliamCKHSee all my reviews

I once asked myself that if I were able to work a hard 60 hour week, every week for five years straight, and be paid over $200,000.00 per year, but be able to leave after those 5 years a millionaire and be free do do the things I really wanted to do, would I do it? The proposition sounds enticing, but I soon began to realize that after 5 years, I will have been a changed person, stressed, unhappy, and the things that I really wanted to do at the beginning would no longer have any hold on me at the end of those 5 years.

This movie made me think of that. When Christopher takes over his father's business, he was a happy man, with the best of intentions. But as the years pass, work, prestige, money blinded him from being a good husband, father, brother, friend,...etc.. and his story is told very well by the filmmaker, very simple and straightforward, and the dramatic scenes with his wife, are very realistic and not written and acted merely for dramatic effect.

I give Christopher the "dope of the year" award for treating his wife Maria the way he did. She was a beautiful, loyal, passionate, and very understanding wife. How could he not see that? and you tell yourself it's only a movie, but then in real life, you see guys like that all the time, throwing away gems while searching for rocks.

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Release Date:

9 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,270, 11 July 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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