Arven (The Inheritance)
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A man is torn between love, family, and a responsibility he does not want in this drama. Christoffer (Ulrich Thomsen) used to work for his family's steel company, but when the stress of the job began taking a serious toll on his health, he left the firm and now happily runs a restaurant in Stockholm and is married to Maria (Lisa Werlinder), a lovely and promising stage actress. At the urging of his father, Christoffer flies to Denmark for a family visit, only to discover upon arrival that his dad has just killed himself. Christoffer quickly discovers why: the steel business is on the verge… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a major difference between Inheritance and The Godfather -- and that's a lack of epic and thematic sweep."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Highly dramatic and intensely emotional, blessed with strong themes and an unstoppable narrative drive, it is adult, intelligent entertainment of a kind we rarely see these days."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"...there's absolutely no denying the effectiveness of Thomsen's heartbreaking performance..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"So much of this Danish-Swedish import is so uninteresting that it quickly becomes a chore to sit through. And that's too bad, because the film has a lot to say about professional- vs.-personal life struggles."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The politics of the story come to life through the vivid characterizations of a uniformly excellent cast."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"What makes The Inheritance so watchable, and so different from recent couples dramas like Closer, is that these privileged people are decent, likable and struggling to do the right thing."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Fly's heartbreaking drama about a man who inherits a ton of power and buckets of sorrow will tell you all you need to know about the soul-destroying nature of corporate culture."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"like updating Bergman for this millennium"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Thomsen brings an icy tension to the role, while Norby, as Christoffer's domineering mom, adds a chilling element of Greek tragedy to the story."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Fly's point is that private morality has public consequences. And this film's major achievement is making us understand just that."
‑ , E! Online
"In his role, Thomsen is strong and convincing."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"While the entire movie is one massive flashback, the real reasons for all this Danish dysfunction go unexplored."
‑ Leighton Walter Kille, Boston Globe
"Telling and insightful, inventively filmed and extremely well-acted as usual ... but why are Danish films so relentlessly bleak?"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"a compelling study of the classic struggle men often have to make in choosing between wife and mother, duty and family, right and wrong."
‑ Tony Medley,
"A solid, involving Danish drama that proves discord, struggle and variance need not necessarily be lost in translation."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
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