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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

THE INHERITANCE (2003)

Superb. Scandinavian filmmaker Per Fly ’s unforced, elegant, patient technique works perfectly in this quietly devastating story. Ulrich Thomsen is pitch-perfect as a prodigal son drawn back into the nearly bankrupt family steel business by his father’s suicide. Coolly manipulated by his business savvy mother, he sheds his chic lifestyle in Sweden (as hip restauranteur w/ actress wife) to take on the role of hard-hearted captain of industry back in Denmark. But has he lost himself or found himself? With malice toward none, Fly draws out parallels in character/story arcs you’ll recognize from Prince Hal to THE GODFATHER. A slight blur in mid-action shots (an artifact from Hi-Def to film transfer?) is a small price to pay for this big, handsome and very satisfying production. What else can we see from him?

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