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      The Inheritors

      R Released Jun 19, 1998 1h 35m Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 65% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In 1930s Austria, slow-witted Severin (Lars Rudolph) recounts the tale of a murdered landowner who leaves his estate to the seven peasants who worked on his farm. Though the workers are delighted at becoming wealthy, they soon realize that co-owning a farm is an extremely difficult undertaking. Peasants Emmy (Sophie Rois) and Lukas (Simon Schwarz) try to take the lead, but they find themselves overburdened by their greedy neighbors, who want the land for themselves. Read More Read Less

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      Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 Mar 19, 2002 Full Review Paul Tatara CNN.com This is a memorable, intriguingly complex piece of filmmaking that's worth your time and attention. Don't let the subject matter (or the subtitles) scare you away. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com Inspiring and surprisingly poignant. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 28, 2009 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 25, 2005 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice A rowdy, bawdy, and clever morality tale about the elixir of freedom and the eternal clash between the haves and the have-nots. Mar 4, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Frances H Excellent morality tale of what happens when the social order in a small Austrian village in the 30s is upset by a bitter murdered farmer's will. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/04/14 Full Review Audience Member its a good movie but a sad movie. very nice. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny, or bizarrely disturbing? ...I don't know... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I found this movie by accident on cable tonight. It was in German with subs, but still very entertaining. No fancy cinematography, no digital imaging, not really much of a soundtrack. Still a very powerful story. Looking at the IMDB, most of the actors in the movie are German and have yet to be in any American movies. Nice to see that there are still simple movies that can rely on the story to be entertaining. I'm sure the budget was next to nothing. Most of the actors appear to be local or theater/stage actors. It's not like I fell in love with this movie, but it was a nice change from the eye-candy-filled hollow movies that are being mass produced as we speak. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member good drama with a twist Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A sometimes funny yet tragic commentary on the dark side of tradition and culture in this film about the transfer of property from an Austrian farmer to his peasants and the chaos that ensues as these new farmers challenge the balance between landowners, peasants, and the church, and are punished for attempting to do so. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1930s Austria, slow-witted Severin (Lars Rudolph) recounts the tale of a murdered landowner who leaves his estate to the seven peasants who worked on his farm. Though the workers are delighted at becoming wealthy, they soon realize that co-owning a farm is an extremely difficult undertaking. Peasants Emmy (Sophie Rois) and Lukas (Simon Schwarz) try to take the lead, but they find themselves overburdened by their greedy neighbors, who want the land for themselves.
      Director
      Stefan Ruzowitzky
      Producer
      Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker
      Screenwriter
      Stefan Ruzowitzky
      Distributor
      Stratosphere Entertainment
      Production Co
      Bayerischer Rundfunk
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 19, 1998, Original
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $197.7K
      Runtime
      1h 35m
      Aspect Ratio
      1.66:1