"The Inheritance (Arven)"
Directed by Per Fly
Danish director Per Fly's grim fable communicates the
gray, tortured mood one expects from the country where Hamlet was
set. Ulrich Thomsen plays Christoffer, an amiable Stockholm restaurant owner
who's summoned back to Copenhagen only to learn that his father, the owner
of a steelworks, has hanged himself as a result of corporate losses. Fly's
scrupulous camera follows Christoffer as his decision to resurrect the
business leads to difficult moral choices. "The deft understatement of the
actors and the resistance of cinematic artifice make the tale all the more
devastating" (Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger). In Danish with English
subtitles. 115 minutes.