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Family v. Individual
written by talltale June 14, 2005 - 7:00 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Never uninteresting if a bit obvious, the Danish film THE INHERITANCE tracks the downward slide of man caught between his needs (and those of his girlfriend) and the pull of his wealthy family and its major steel-producing business. Because the film is built as a flashback, there's not much you can't guess from the first fifteen minutes, although the family machinations and the depth of this guy's sellout are at times overwhelming.

Although the film seems to want to have it both ways--the family truly does need him; what an awful thing it is to give up one's dreams and true love--by the end you may not have much sympathy for this weak and craven mama's boy whose spine disappears far too early in the game. Compromise is one thing (and we all have to manage it) but doesn't that usually mean that BOTH sides end up sharing the good and the bad?

Performances are fine, with very attractive actors in the leads and some familiar faces in the subsidiary roles. Sets and locations also seem a bit more varied, warm and traditionally attractive than those of other Scandinavian films.


(Average 7.43)
7 Votes
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