‘Inheritance’ smacks of a classic
November 8, 2005
It has neither the epic scope, the sumptuous cinematography, nor the star-studded cast. It’s not even a Mafia movie.
But the Danish film “The Inheritance” has palpable thematic resonance with “The Godfather.” In Per Fly’s film, there is a young man, Christoffer, who reluctantly takes over the family business (here a steel mill, rather than a crime syndicate) from his iconic father. Like Michael Corleone, Christoffer discovers in himself a ruthlessness and drive that eventually divides the very thing he was trying to save ” his family.
Some scenes pay particular homage to Coppola’s masterpiece: Christoffer’s sister pleading to have her treasonous husband forgiven; the gates to the family compound shutting out those not in good graces.
“The Inheritance,” which opens tonight and plays again Wednesday (showtime is 7:30 p.m.) at the Wheeler Opera House, updates the ideas of moral corruption, family decline and destiny, and gives them a cold Scandinavian twist that separates it from previous works. But, if you’re going to be compared to something, you could do a lot worse than “The Godfather.”