The Inheritance


The Inheritance Review

The Inheritance is a haunting look at how a sudden death in the family -- and the inheritance that comes with it -- can wreak havoc on a man's life.

Christoffer (Ulrich Thomsen) is happy to run his Swedish restaurant, far away from the demands of his ultra-rich family, but when his father dies, it's a matter of hours before he's sucked back in to run the family business, a high-pressure steel factory, rife with all manner of closet skeletons.

Starring The Celebration's Thomsen, The Inheritance creates a very similar moody, hopeless atmosphere, to the point where it might as well be a sequel: Christoffer's drunken antics and inability to communicate with his family or his gorgeous, caring girlfriend imply that Thomsen may have all of one character in him.

Shot with great care and attention to detail by Per Fly in a partial Dogme fashion, The Inheritance speaks volumes about family commitments and secrets, which actually saying very little on its surface -- much like most of us probably experience at some time with our real families, whether we're running industrial powerhouses or not. When family and corporate obligations collide, the story becomes a real mess for everyone. It's like updating Bergman for this millennium.

Aka Arven.

The Inheritance

Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th July 2004

Budget: $500 thousand

Distributed by: Egmont

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Fresh: 27 Rotten: 9

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Uncle Melvin, as Lily, D. B. Woodside as Henry, as Karen, Darrin Henson as Tyrone