Movies: The Captive Of Industry

A Swedish film on the perils of doing the right thing

When we meet Christoffer (Ulrich Thomsen), the sun is, literally and metaphorically, perpetually shining on him. He has a sweet, sexy relationship with his wife, an actress named Maria (Lisa Werlinder), and he owns a chic, prospering restaurant in Stockholm. Best of all, he has escaped his oppressive family and its grim, old-economy business--a Danish steelworks. But then his father commits suicide, leaving the business a mess, with Christoffer as its only possible savior. As he takes up his task, The Inheritance recounts the shutting down of his spirit--or should we say the flowering of his inner monster--in a formally elegant,...

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