The Inheritors


After a local farmer is murdered, his fellow landholders are horrified to discover that he has thrown ''the natural order of things'' dangerously out of order by leaving his entire estate to his servants -- a group of uneducated peasants, so ground down by hard work that they initially seem like nothing more than glorified barnyard animals.
The ''animals'' however, have other ideas. Urged on by a fiery single mother, they elect an amiably stupid farmhand as their de facto leader and set about cultivating the farm, which they now consider their legitimate property. The farmers are first amused, then enraged, by such rebellion. Tragic consequences soon follow.


94 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence) .
Drama, On the Art Circuit

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Credits

Cast
Simon Schwarz, Sophie Rois, Lars Rudolph, Elizabeth Orth
Director
Stefan Ruzowitzky
ScreenplayStefan Ruzowitzky
MusicErik Satie
CinematographyPeter von Haller
Sound formats
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor Pictures
Made in1998
Produced byDor Film Produktionsgesellschaft GmbH, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk





Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
12
Cape Argus
Owen Williams
15
The Cape Times
Wilhelm Snyman
15
Die Burger
15
SA City Life
Tony Jackman
10
eye Weekly
Gemma Files
10
Film Review
James Mottram
5

What the People say

Internet
98 Netizens
16

Average .. 61%

12

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Interesting depiction of class struggle, what happens when some peasants are suddenly elevated to the level of the gentry. The film never reaches any great dramatic heights, merely meandering along to it's inevitable conclusion. It should appeal to an older audience. The parallels to the SA situation are interesting.






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