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The Inheritance

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A sublimely happy man (Ulrich Thomsen), married to a vivacious actress and managing a successful Stockholm restaurant, begins to sell his soul after his father commits suicide and leaves the family steel business without a competent CEO. This 2003 Danish drama is essentially a Scandinavian remake of The Godfather--blond and repressed rather than dark and violent--in which the lines between finance and family, ambition and responsibility, gradually dissolve. Thomsen's transformation from easygoing entrepreneur to ruthless executive is so engrossing I didn't pick up on the story's chilling Freudian subtext until very near the end. Per Fly directed; with Lisa Werlinder and Ghita Norby. In Danish with subtitles. 107 min. Gene Siskel Film Center.

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