The Inheritors

  • 1982
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This well-intentioned film is unfortunately marred by simplistic psychology and inept execution. Nicolas Vogel is a 16-year-old German who comes from an unhappy home and, after meeting another youth his age, finds an escape as a member of the neo-Nazi Unity Party. Along with his neo-Nazi friends, Vogel attends Nazi rallies and witnesses brutal violence....read more

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This well-intentioned film is unfortunately marred by simplistic psychology and inept execution. Nicolas Vogel is a 16-year-old German who comes from an unhappy home and, after meeting another youth his age, finds an escape as a member of the neo-Nazi Unity Party. Along with his neo-Nazi

friends, Vogel attends Nazi rallies and witnesses brutal violence. Later they meet a veteran of WW II who proudly displays a lampshade made of human skin--a macabre souvenir of Auschwitz. As Vogel's involvement with the group grows deeper, so too does his alienation from both family and school.

Writer-director Walter Bannert supplies too many perfunctory motives for Vogel's story to be effective, selling short both the importance of his subject and the profundity of his theme. Vogel's home life is a collection of cliches, while the recollections of old-time Nazis are presented with

little insight. Instead of exploring such moments, Bannert is more concerned with exploiting them. A brutal and difficult film about an admittedly brutal situation, THE INHERITORS plays more like a horror film than an insightful drama. (In German; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1982
  • Rating: NR
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