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Alternative title
Inheritance
Synopsis
Feature film. Christoffer - heir to an industrial fortune - finds himself caught between professional duty and personal conflicts when his father commits suicide and he is summoned home to Denmark by his mother to take charge of the family steel business. His decision to renounce his former life as restauranteur alienates him from his wife Maria, an up-and coming actress at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, who has just been offered the leading part in Romeo and Juliet on the main stage. Embracing a corporate life, he finds that he has entered into a system that leaves no space for love. Even though Hamlet seems to stand godfather to the tragic inevitability that drives this feature film and its protagonist, the explicit Shakespeare references in the film are tied to Maria (see notes).
Language
Danish
Country
Denmark; Great Britain; Norway; Sweden
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2004
Duration
115 mins

Credits

Director
Per Fly
Producer
Ib Tardini
Editor
Morten Giese
Screenplay
Dorte Hogh; Kim Leona; Mogens Rukov; Per Fly
Music
Halfdan E
Costume
Lotte Trolle; Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Art Direction
Soren Gam
Contributor
Harald Gunnar Paalgard
Cast
Diana AxelsenAnnika
Ghita NorbyAnnelise
Karina SkandsBenedikte
Lars BrygmannUlrik
Lisa WerlinderMaria
Peter SteenNils
Ulf PilgaardAksel
Ulrich ThomsenChristoffer

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
As You Like It; Hamlet; Romeo and Juliet; Twelfth Night
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Explicit references to Shakespeare revolve around Maria, the protagonist’s wife, who makes her first appearance in the role of Ganymede on the stage of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. She is shown quoting lines from As You Like It which significantly end with the following exchange:
Rosalind: ... and for lovers lacking- God warrn’t us!- matter, the cleanliest shift is to kiss .
Orlando: How if the kiss be denied?
Rosalind: Then she puts you to entreaty, and there begins new matter. (IV .i l72-76)
Comedy prevails when Maria playfully rehearses a scene from Twelfth Night with Christoffer where , once again, the theme is the denial of love. The lines quoted begin with Caesario/Viola declaring: "In your denial I would find no sense ..." (1 v l260). Tragedy inevitably sets in when the couple moves into their new estate in Denmark and Christoffer surprises his wife with a film poster of Zeffirelli’s ROMEO AND JULIET.

The DVD is available in Danish and Swedish with English subtitles.
General
The movie was shot using a two-camera technique. In order to enhance the improvisational/documentary style, actors often did not know where the cameras were positioned.
History
Inheritance is the second film in a planned trilogy about social classes by Danish director Per Fly . The film was originally released on February 21, 2002 in Denmark.
Awards
Inheritance won six Danish Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director in 2004. The film has also won several international film festival awards.
Reviews
Jonathan Barnes, reviewing for Sight & Sound, comments: "Fly could have borrowed a little more from Hamlet: Inheritance could benefit from a sword-fight, some stabbings and a ghost" (Volume 15:2, 2005, p.54).

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.cinemaguild.com/inheritance/

Production Company

Name

Spillefilmkompaniet 4 1/2

Phone
22 94 24 94
Fax
22 94 24 99
Address
St.Olavsgt 21C
Oslo
0165
Norway
Name

Zentropa Entertainments

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor

Name

Trust Film Sales

Email
post@trust-film.dk
Web
http://www.trust-film.dk External site opens in new window
Address
Filmbyen 12
Hvidovre
2650
Denmark

Distributor (DVD)

Name

Drakes Avenue

Web
http://www.vervepics.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7436 8001
Address
c/o Verve Pictures
Kenilworth House
79/80 Margaret Street
London
W1W 8TA

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.co.uk

Web
http://www.amazon.co.uk External site opens in new window

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