Friday, Dec. 17, 2004

The Inheritance

When we meet Christopher (Ulrich Thomsen) he has escaped his family's dour destiny. Not for him running its grim steel mill; he owns a restaurant and loves a pretty actress in Stockholm. Then his father's suicide forces him to return to the factory. And we watch helplessly as a good man turns into a moral monster. There are hints of Bergman in Danish director Per Fly's novelistically-developed, classically-realized, and utterly absorbing film.