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Inheritance

Director: Per Fly

Denmark-Sweden-Norway-U.K.| 2003. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 115 min.


One of a trilogy of films examining class divisions in contemporary Denmark, writer-director Per 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. Inheritance is no Dogme movie, yet its early scenes are shot with a woozy hand-held camera, as if to underscore the fragility of the perfect life led by Christoffer (The Celebration’s Ulrich Thomsen), a young restaurateur who has fled his old-money family to lead an urbane existence in Stockholm with his beautiful actress wife (Lisa Werlinder). The sudden death of his father presses a difficult decision on Christoffer, and against his wife’s wishes, he returns to Denmark to shore up the ailing, conflict-ridden family business. Director Fly probes the slow, insidious corruption of this fundamentally decent but weak man as his company goes from strength to strength while his principles and peace of mind go to hell.

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