This is the second of Per Flys triology portraying caracters in different layers of modern danish society. The two others "drabet" and "bænken" - tranclating roughly "the death" and "the bench" deals with the middle and the lower class (neither seem to be available on Amazon)
However, each film is whole in it self. The main caracter of Inheritance, Christoffer has broken away from his leader job in the big steel warft own by his welthy family for generations. He has set up two restaurants in Sweeden and lives a happy life there with his wife, Maria, who is a successful actress.
But when his dad dies, there is pressure from his family for him to take over the job of leading the family company. He agrees dispite having told Maria that he will turn it down. He returns to his old life in Denmark and is imidiately thrown into the harch reality of running a company in crisis. This is the first of many disasterous decissions that sends his life on a downward spiral.
Where "bænken" discribed a man in groth who opens up and makes his life meaningful, the Inheritance portrays the opposite - a man who gradualy shuts his dream life down and ends up in a prison created by his sence of duty and the pressure from his all-domineering mother.
Per Fly manages to make us see things from Christoffers point of view and makes you think twice about what your own choices would have been. All caracters in the film are completly believable and all beautifully played. Ulric Thomsen IS Christoffer and Lisa Verlinder is excellent as the sweet wife who desperatly trys to stear Christoffer free from self destruction.
The feel of the film is absolutely beautiful - it has a slow gliding pace that is superbly supported by the music (Halfdan E)
In all an utterly pleasant film with lots of cause for reflection.